A ranking of many of the action flicks I've subjected myself to over the years, rated 3 stars or more.…
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…
I don't how fucking dumb this movie is. Sly Stallone in a anti cop, post vietnam war dramatic thriller was all I needed. Loved, loved, loved it.
God this is good.
Of course, there's a lot more to First Blood than the uninitiated typically realize. That said,
"...a good supply of body bags!"
good and gay, my kind of movie
First re-watch in thirty years. So much better than I remembered. At this point in time, Stallone still allowed himself to play vulnerable characters, and was not yet at the point where he worried about looking shorter than everyone else. The movie really benefits from Rambo's relatively complex character—sure, the Vietnam flashbacks are almost comically simplified, but having a protagonist with such crippling PTSD was not very common. It's funny how the cops are dicks from the jump—Jack Starrett's performance really stood out. Good tense thriller for most of the run time, until it goes into B movie over-the-topness at the end, planting the seeds for the sequels and ripoffs. Great stunts throughout, including two car chases.
Listen here, veteran - we don't take too kindly to trash like you around here. Maybe ya'll best keep it moving, war hero. Wearing your damn uniform, showin' a fuckin' American Flag - who the hell do you think you are? What, you think you're entitled to a modicum of respect, just because you served your country? You make me sick, veteran. This is Hope Goddamn Washington! The most unpatriotic town in the continental United States - you got a problem with it?!
Seriously though, fuck those cops.
Since this is one of my dad's favorite movies, I know I must've seen bits and pieces of Rambo while growing up. I'm really glad we finally decided to watch it together, because this is seriously a great movie. Rambo is just an awesome movie with an incredible and emotional ending that I'm sure sent a strong message to its viewers when it was released, and the message is still just as strong today. And those stunts and explosions holy crap!! I can't imagine how much that must've cost, but seeing everything with the clumsiness of and harshness of reality was one of the best parts of the movie. Possibly the best part was that the majority of the story was conveyed in silent acting, especially from Stallone. So awesome. I can't wait to watch it again with Survival Mode turned on.
Debería verla nuevamente, han pasado años desde la última vez, pero sí la vi en su momento, más de una vez, estoy seguro, de ahí las 4 estrellas. Es una lástima que las secuelas hayan tomado el camino de la acción estrafalaria y explosiva, aunque pensándolo bien, no había otro camino para seguir sacándole dinero a la franquicia, porque un ex soldado con Síndrome Post Traumático no es buen material para éxito de taquilla.
Intriguing first act and insight into what Vietnam veterans had to deal with years after the war was over. The film can't sustain the momentum once it becomes a one versus one hundred war in the woods, but the ending almost makes up for it. Works much better as a small-scale battle of wills than it does when the National Guard and state police get involved.
In this case, I'd say the concept was better than the execution. Stallone is physically perfect as Rambo and almost nails the inner turmoil of John Rambo, but this could have been really something with a more versatile actor. The character of Colonel Sam Trautman is woefully underutilized and doesn't quite feel like an authentic part of the film. Dennehy is perfect as Sherrif Teasle though. He's obviously a bully, but Dennehy somehow almost earns some empathy.
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…