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This time he's fighting for his life.
When former Green Beret John Rambo is harassed by local law enforcement and arrested for vagrancy, the Vietnam vet snaps, runs for the hills and rat-a-tat-tats his way into the action-movie hall of fame. Hounded by a relentless sheriff, Rambo employs heavy-handed guerilla tactics to shake the cops off his tail.
I kind of thought it would be a mindless action film where Sly goes around killing the bad guys in the jungle with his machine gun and that's about it. Like Predator, I guess, just without the Predator.
I was wrong. It's excellent. I found it very entertaining, and also quite sad. Sure, Rambo is this bad-ass, super elite soldier who can kill a man practically by looking at him with his wonky face, but I never realised there was a subtext quite so deep to it. The way the bent cops are almost enjoying hunting him down and killing him on "his own turf" if you like is obviously a subtle (maybe not so subtle, actually) allusion to how…
If you have any doubt as to whether Sylvester Stallone was the greatest action hero of his time, do yourself a favor and watch the brilliant, underrated, and unexpectedly nuanced First Blood.
I was first introduced to John Rambo when I was nine years old. My dad somehow thought that First Blood was suitable material for his kids, and so we watched, in varying levels of distress, as Rambo fashioned makeshift weapons and methodically eliminated soldier after soldier in increasingly brutal ways. And when we got to the part where he dug a bullet out of his own arm, we were just about ready to puke.
My dad, my little brother, and I have watched First Blood more than thirty…
Your daily reminder that Stallone movies never used to be cheesy, that 90-minute action movies are the best kind of action movie, that the Pacific Northwest is one of the most cinematic environments, that Jerry Goldsmith could do no wrong, that John Rambo is more-or-less a weaponized Frankenstein's monster created by Trautman, that Brian Dennehy's character has the name Will Teasle, that Stallone's body fat used to be 2.3%, that director Ted Kotcheff also made Weekend at Bernie's. That is all.
The quintessential “one man army” flick, a classic action extravaganza, and a powerhouse of first-rate direction, taut screenplay & remarkable lead performance, First Blood is one of the most exhilarating examples of its genre that didn’t just inspire & influence numerous action films of the 1980s & ’90s but is also notable for introducing the world to one of the greatest action heroes of all time who has, since then, become a prominent part of pop culture.
Set in a small American town, First Blood tells the story of John Rambo; a Vietnam-war veteran who is in town to visit an old comrade but is intercepted & driven out of the place by an arrogant Sheriff who considers him an unwanted nuisance. When Rambo…
I made the decision a long time ago, as far back as I can remember, that this was something I wouldn't like. My faintest memory is this boy in pre-school who carried around one of those Hulk Hogan stuffed dolls, he loved Rambo and everything about this five year old peer of mine rubbed me the wrong way. He was was the first boy I can remember saying he hated girls. A sentiment that for some goes on into adulthood. Before meeting him I was naive to any distinction between genders. I've carried this resentment with me my whole life, of course deepened with time by more aggressive interactions. It took decades for me to really start watching and appreciating…
Sunday Morning Review.
God didn't make Rambo, I made him!
It's a crisp December night in a mountainous northern American town. You can see your breath in the air and taste the line flavor in the wind. Christmas lights sway from power lines and the soft glow of 80's style diners and shops are splashed across the streets. It's empty. Everyone is indoors.
And then John Rambo comes walking down the middle of the road with an M60.
Much like Die Hard, here is an action series that quickly came off the rails but is blessed with a near flawless first film. Rambo: First Blood was an unorthodox action film for the time because despite being a mentally unstable Vietnam…
Referência do gênero, 'Rambo - Programado para Matar' é mais do que um filme de ação oitentista, é um "ousado" estudo de personagem entrecortado por ótimas sequências de ação.
We all know this is great, so I will just leave you with a few of my favorite quotes from Sly's DVD commentary:
"I'll never forget this scene here. I thought it was well written, um, even though I had somethin to do with that."
"This could actually be done against an unsophisticated police force."
"This is a Tiger Claw which is used in Oriental..." (never finishes his sentence)
"So it's Rambo-stein."
and his countless "BANG", "POW", "BOOM" mumbles
This movie brings in the surface feelings that I'm unable to describe. It's the truest and saddest action movie I've ever seen. Who would have thought that Rambo: First Blood is a Masterpiece?
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Don't discount First Blood as a strict shoot-em-up splatter fest of Rambo fame. Sure it is, but there are some deeper meanings behind it as well.
To be honest the entire series deals with some issues that some might overlook. For an 80's action flick, there's a good bit of underlying story to this series.
First Blood deals with a lot of hard issues - veterans returning from Vietnam to a country that doesn't want them, PTSD and the attitudes of some people in power based on what you look like.
John Rambo is a Congressional Medal of Honor winner. That alone should keep him from getting hassled by the small-town sheriff's department he encounters searching for an old war…
De aquí sacamos tres moralejas: la primera es que la guerra no es buena y destroza a la gente (literal y metafóricamente). La segunda, que "ley" no es siempre sinónimo de "bueno", ni "policía" de "bienhechor". La tercera: no hay que cabrear a Rambo.
La tenía pendiente desde hace mucho, mucho tiempo y me ha sorprendido para bien. Acción de primera y una reflexión final que dota a la cinta de un cariz más profundo. Stallone BIEN.
There's a real sense of loss that pervades First Blood and surrounds the action. It's very easy to make John Rambo a symbol of America, and it mostly works because the movie doesn't make it too obvious. It works as a solid action thriller, but there's more at play here.
Stallone in one of his best roles I've seen! An absolute timeless classic!
I didn’t grow up with any of these 80’s action movies as a kid since I was still sperm when 100% of these came out. It just wasn’t my thing but I do want expand my cinematic horizons. I liked the few I’ve seen though over time so that’s why I finally checked felt the need to check this out. Also, there was a free preview weekend deal and they had this so I thought there was no better than now to finally watch these movies. I like Sylvester Stallone too so I wanted to check this one and he’s always fun to watch. I actually saw the 2008 one first years ago so already I think I set myself…
I like this movie more each time I see it again.
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