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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.
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…
Stallone is something else, isn't he? Let's be honest, the guy has a certain charisma, but he really can't act. But still he has given life to two iconic characters that are an unmistakable part of cinema history.
It is too easy to write this film off as a simplistic and ridiculous action film that spawned moronic sequels and launched a host of copycats that muddied the waters of the action genre in the eighties. It may have done all that, but this is also a very, very good film indeed.
This was my first watch as an 'adult' and while I didn't feel the energy I felt when I first saw it…
Is it a sin when I say that I liked this film more than Rocky?
Solider Action-Streifen mit absurder Kriegsethik.
The first half is awesome. The second half, especially the speechifying, not so much. Good perfs throughout though. And at least this Rambo installment is watchable.
First time watch
First Blood is a intense start to the classic Rambo film series. Stallone plays the addled war veteran perfectly. Its an intense cat and mouse chase from start to finish.
John Rambo will often be remembered as the one man army character that was an icon of action cinema in the 80's, you forget almost just how really good the original film was and how sad the impact of Stallone's monologue in the final act is. Granted they did leave Teasel's instant dislike of Rambo and the reasoning behind it on the cutting room floor (it literally comes out of nowhere if you watch the film for the first time) as to why he acts towards Rambo this way and the treatment he receives from the police force that results in the one man army in the forest being shown to the audience in all his glory. It subtlety hints…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
My favourite of the Rambo films, if only because it actually has something of a plot (unlike the sequels) and manages to pack a lot of action in while still maintaining an air of seriousness.
Trivia (also a spoiler): the body count in the sequels numbers in the hundreds. In First Blood, a single person dies. By accident.
One of the best, saddest action movies of all time. The end monologue given by Sylvester Stallone is so heartbreaking. I've never seen a big though action movie star break down on camera like Stallone does in this. He does a magnificent job.
Amongst the worst series in movie history comes the Rambo series, courtesy of Sylvester Stallone. Rambo tries to be serious, yet Stallones kitsch action scenes, poor story, bad acting, and ludicrous plot just don't mesh well. The series feels like a staircase with a step further down with each film...
Before the 80's made him a comicbook gosh-darn American hero, he was a highly trained killing machine suffering with PTSD and released into the civilian world. This is the 'real' Rambo story.
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