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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?
Mai m'ho havia mirat així, però First Blood conté tots els elements clàssics d'una monster movie a l'ús. Amb petites variants -aquí el drama llueix excel·lentment al costat d'una pel·lícula d'acció que en realitat no ho és-, John Rambo podria veure's com la distorsió o la resposta natural (i humana, clar) als perills de la construcció d'armes vanguardistes o a la militarització i ús de mètodes extrems de combat o entrenament (atòmics en el cas de, per exemple, Them!). Allò que dispara a John Rambo no dista del que provocarà a les formigues de Them!; en els dos casos, la experimentació científica o el portar al límit les forces militars d'elit, pràcticament de forma artificial i absurda, són molt parells…
I get this way when I'm hungry, too.
This was a very different film than I thought it would be. I was expecting just an action movie, but instead I got a hour and a half PSA for PTSD.
It could all have been avoided if he just cooperated.
huh. first time seeing. Wolf Kroeger is a great name
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Much of First Blood may be a little on the nose but I appreciated the very anti-American slant throughout the film as while there have been many films about the atrocity that was Vietnam, First Blood goes well beyond that to critique the response from American civilians and the way the vets were treated as they tried to fit back into society as well. Rambo is in some ways the films villain but the “heroes” paint America as an army of ignorant Neanderthals, incapable of looking beyond the clothes you wear or to admit to a mistake. There is no American dream to be found here, no jingoism or scenes of waved flags, which is pretty damn special for a…
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!
Acorralado es un ejemplo de cómo contagiar emociones al espectador por parte tanto del antagonista del film como de su protagonista. Mucha gente ignorará este peliculón por culpa de la multitud de parodias que surgieron tras ella, o por lo chusco de alguna de sus secuelas. Craso error. Es un drama bélico con toques de acción y "survival" magníficamente relatado, inspirador posteriormente de otros obrones maestrones como Depredador y prueba de que Sylvester Stallone debería ser tomado más en serio.
El monólogo final de Rambo además pone los pelos de punta.
Would of worked better as a drama, thriller opposed to a action, thriller IMO. But never the less more then just your typical 80s action film. They just don't make em like they used to
Strong set-up, but the ending could have been better.
The film keeps the tension high, as Rambo may be a very efficient soldier, but can still be hurt. All the characters are very straightforward, with the motivations being easy to follow, while at the same time, they're given enough dimension to not end up as "cardboard cut-outs".
The main problem might be in the conclusion of the plot, as the main character doesn't realy have an arc and the ending feels a little rushed.
In the end, First Blood is an entertaining and well crafted action film.
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