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…
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…
I'd like to write an unbiased review of this film, without nostalgia clouding my judgement, but I’m not sure if it can be done. I try and escape nostalgia in these instances, but it has a habit of catching up with me.
Once, it caught up with me and threw me in jail. Forcing me to fight my way to freedom.
Another time it cornered me on a cliff edge. Forcing me to make a spectacular leap into a gorge (a leap so spectacular, in fact, that I imagine if it was a scene in a film and a young boy saw it, it would completely blow his mind).
If I had more time, I could also mention the time…
If you want some friendly advice, get a haircut and take a bath. You wouldn't get hassled so much.
One of the greatest action movies of all time. It's gritty, incredibly dark, has an air of realism and is still a very original film to this day. I say an "air of realism" because even though some things might be unrealistic when you think about them too much, the movie is made in such a way that pretty much anything John Rambo does comes off as totally possible. That's how you make an action movie, you don't just do the impossible and call it a day. You make the impossible seem possible and THEN call it a day.
"I could have killed 'em all, I could've killed you. In town you're the law, out here it's me. Don't push it!... Don't push it or I'll give you a war you won't believe. Let it go.... Let it go!"
Kicking off the Sylvester Stallone Marathon with First Blood
John Rambo, former United States Special Forces Soldier, recipient of the Medal Of Honor, a troubled man upon returning to the real world after the Vietnam War. He heads to the town of Hope, Washington in search of his close friend Delmar, but learns that he has passed away from cancer due to exposure to Agent Orange. Rambo is then harassed and bullied by the Sheriff, Teasle for being a drifter,…
Saw this years a go and never appreciated just how clever and dark this film was, I think the first time I watched it understood what was going on but this time I really appreciated that this was all about the war and how the veterans were treated on their return.
This film is one of those films that I think everyone who likes films as there is a message there and it is delivered very well and you get some good action as well.
Pretty damn good and better than I expected. Stallone can't really act, but his physical presence is more than enough to carry the viewer along. Mercifully short. Bizarrely bad theme song over the credits.
A fun vehicle for a young Stallone playing a Green Beret with PTS from a Viet Cong POW camp. Small town, redneck cops do indeed draw first blood! Pretty slick cinematography. For a Hollywood film that was basically a Canadian production, a Canadian film has rarely looked as good as this.
I actually saw this movie on Monday night (Veterans Day) but it's just tonight that I felt like talking about it, as I haven't felt like watching any sort of motion picture the past few days.
This is something I've watched several times before; the first time was a few years ago when Fathom Events (or a similar company) showed it on the big screen across the country. Sure, it was obviously a DVD projection but it was still a nice way for my virgin viewing.
While I do enjoy Rambo II and & for their America F*ck Yeah raging jingoism and the 2008 film Rambo has some amazingly gory and graphic violence, this original movie is pretty cool too as…
Forget Rocky, Stallone = Rambo!
"I could have killed 'em all, I could've killed you. In town you're the law, out here it's me. Don't push it! Don't push it or I'll give you a war you won't believe. Let it go. Let it go!"
Man, I had almost forgotten how awesome this movie was. I bought the Rambo 1-3 box set today at a local pawn shop for like $10 and man am I glad I popped this in.
First things first this works as a great action movie. Everything is tense and gripping and engaging from the get go. When Stallone is holding the knife to Teasle's throat it feels like he's holding it to mine.
First Blood is gritty, visceral, and in…
The best straight-up action film ever made.
so war is kinda bad
hey no seriously, while this is obviously geared primarily towards entertainment, you can obviously see the through line on the horrendous effects of war, stallone's breakdown near the end is hugely moving, regardless of what you think of his acting. I'm not saying it's a rigorous examination of the effects of PTSD, but there's a commentary there that manages to subtly reflect the potentially horrific nature of such events. It kinda struck me though, straight after the movie finished an ad for call of duty came on, which has that obnoxious viewpoint of war being 'cool,' users flinging themselves about throwing grenades, blowing dudes up, and celebrating their slaughter with a punch to the air, a faux sense of accomplishment. And then the movie took on a whole new light, and those call of duty ads kinda made me feel a bit sick.
3.5 out of 5 (B)