Stranger Things, or Weird Shit as I like to call it, contains many homages to '80s genre films much to…
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…
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…
They don't make them thrillers like they used to any longer. Nowadays, it is almost unheard of for a movie to clock in at under 90 minutes, be wall-to-wall action and still have a valid point to make. In fact, and call me an idiot if you wish, I think that "First blood" has way more to say about the aftermath of the Vietnam war, the PTSD, the tragedy of veterans unable to fit back in and being forced out to the fringe and the overall moral validity of American military operations than, say, "The deer hunter".
This is great shit. It's an action movie but with a brain and not just mindless eye candy. Just stop it once the closing credits song starts though because holy fuck does that immediately take you out of the experience.
Let it go.
Alex's Action Packed August #10
First Blood (1982)
Watching this at 4 in the morning, what the hell has happened to me? Anyways I'm having a bit of a Rambothon today where I'm watching First Blood Parts 1 and 2 in one day seeing as I've not watched more off my Action Packed August list.
Former Green Beret John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) is pursued into the mountains surrounding a small town by a tyrannical sheriff (Brian Dennehy) and his deputies, forcing him to survive using his combat skills.
Overall this more of a drama over action movie but at least I can say I had fun watching this action movie which I haven't been able to say since Erika Eleniak…
I watched this on Region A DVD.
Looking back this film was probably quite the stir, melding an action film with a rather political and psychological message of the Vietnam war. Thirty something years later First Blood still stands up tall with that message and it's a great spectacle to watch.
The performance from Sylvester Stallone is a powerful one. He delivers his monologue wonderfully in the climax and he goes far with his chrarcters depth and looks all the more menacing in the films second act.
The film blends it's action and political context rather nicely, not giving either subtext the entire picture. It's intercut nicely showing its audience the spectacle but reinforces the fragile mental state of Rambo.
They drew first blood.
Kinda overrated, but still really good. All of the characters white the exception of Rambo and the Colonel had little to no charisma whatsoever. That could just be me. The action was fantastic and also a great performance from Stallone. Overall I thought this was a good movie with some fantastic action!!
Overall Grade: B+
Acorralado no es solo una de las mejores películas de acción de la historia, además de todo un thriller survival, sino también un drama sobre lo duro de la guerra y lo que está puede hacer a un hombre y a una sociedad. Aun tengo escalofríos cada vez que escucho ese último discurso de Rambo...increible.
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