The new installment of "Rambo" will probably not provide a substantial insight into the issue of narco violence.
Rambo against the Mexican narcos in new installment of the saga
In the middle of last year, the first reports about the launch of the fifth installment of "Rambo" appeared. The novelty was that for the first time the character played by Sylvester Stallone ventured into Latin America, specifically in the Mexican drug cartels.
InSight Crime, a research organization specializing in security issues, developed an analysis in which it stressed that "Rambo V" most likely does not show a nuanced image of the problems related to organized crime in Mexico.
He stressed that the film will be presented after several years in which Hollywood has shown great interest in Mexican cartels, which has manifested itself in a large number of entertainment products based on themes of "narco culture."
American productions such as "Narcos" and "El Chapo", both produced by Netflix, have shown this phenomenon increasingly rooted in popular culture.
InSight Crime considered that this set of fictitious products means a new vision around one of the biggest problems facing Mexico. This means that drug violence has become one of the favorite topics of American popular culture, one of the most dominant in the world. It stressed that in some cases popular attention to issues of great public interest can generate some changes.
It gave as an example the case of the movie "The Day After", whose premiere in 1983 reflected the disastrous consequences that a nuclear altercation between the United States and the Soviet Union would have.
It recalled that the reaction of the public after the broadcast renewed the movement to abolish the nuclear race, and eventually led the United States Government to promote a series of disarmament agreements during that decade. That for this reason it is possible that a film about insecurity in Mexico could lead the American people to reflect on some issues of great concern.
One of these issues could be the strategy that both governments are implementing to end drug trafficking, since there are many specialists who consider the tactic to be "excessively militarized".
It could also serve to reflect on other problems such as the availability of weapons in the United States and the internal demand for drugs that is lived in that country.
In summary, it would not be unreasonable to think that a work of fiction is capable of generating awareness in the population about real issues and of great concern, as long as the piece correctly reflects the problem. In any case, the analysis mentioned that the new delivery of "Rambo" probably will not provide a substantial view on the issue of narco violence.
The site indicated that far from the reflection that could cause, the series is mostly known for its violent sequences of action. If you take into account other installments of the series, it is easy to foresee that the enemies will be a kind of "sadistic and grotesque monsters" that little or nothing will resemble the narcos of real life.
It compared more recent films such as "Salvajes" and "Sicario", in which superficial narratives and characters more attached to fiction than to reality are presented. It is for this reason that the new version of "Rambo" may come even closer to the cartoon, said InSight Crime.
The organization considered that Hollywood and other representatives of popular culture should not assume the task of championing sensitive public issues. However, it admitted that popular culture promotes and reflects trends that help define official priorities. The analysis concluded by stating that it is no coincidence that Rambo's return to the screens coincides with the most critical moment of Washington's relations with its southern neighbor.