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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.
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 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…
A post-Vietnam action thriller that comments loudly on the post-Vietnam soldier, Ted Kotcheff's "First Blood" tells a violent tale of a man thrown away by society after serving his country. Starring Sylvester Stallone as the now-iconic John Rambo, the film could be written off as late era exploitation if it were not for Stallone's commitment to his character and Kotcheff's commitment to his film's necessary themes. It all makes for an action film with its head and heart in an important place.
The story is simple: John Rambo, a Vietnam veteran who drifts town to town, trying to find his place in the post-war world, runs afoul of the law in a mountain community. The narrative follows escape and chase…
All he wanted was a sandwich, just one sandwich and they wouldn't give it to him. Just a sandwich.
Stallone's performance in the end really stepped this up from a standard action movie to something meaningful. Film had solid action and was entertaining though I think its a part of being exposed to modern filmmaking that I wasn't blown away by anything.
Pretty cheesy but kind of good.
Not sure if I would've liked it as much if it wasn't set in a misty PNW forest with thunder and animal noises playing in the background. It had a surprising amount of depth (not substantial, but it's there) and wasn't the totally mindless shoot 'em up I had expected. Oh, and fuck the police.
Holy shit, man. I thought this was okay right up until Rambo's final speech. That shit WRECKED ME. Kudos to Sly for absolutely killing it
Orval: "Let's do some huntin'!"
Deputy Mitch: "Hunting? We ain't huntin' him, he's huntin' us!"
First Blood is an action classic that I had never gotten around too until last night. I enjoyed it quite a bit. It is well shot, has good action scenes, and is pretty intense in parts. Sylvster Stallone is badass in the role of John Rambo and everyone else does a good job in their given roles. Jerry Goldsmith provides a great score to add to the proceedings. Overall, First Blood is a well made action thriller that is a lot of fun. 7.5/10
The first of the Rambo films still works pretty well especially compared to the rest of the series that followed. First off, the story (from David Morrell's novel) is commendably restrained, with Stallone playing a troubled vet who becomes a one man army against a small-town whose sheriff mistreats him after mistaking him for a vagrant. Surprisingly nuanced, First Blood works well as an action film but also has an interesting subtext about the effect of war on those who serve, treating the topic with quite a bit of respect. Dennehy is great as the Sheriff, and Richard Crenna is good if a little over the top as Col. Trautman. Beautifully photographed and edited, First Blood shows off the forests and mountains of British Columbia beautifully and quickly becomes one of those films you enjoy revisiting.
The premise is right up my ally. A single man with unmatched skills against many opponents. It has its moments, but I was really taken by surprise at how dull it got at times.
After having just revisited Rocky and now finally seeing this, I've pretty much completely flipped my view of Stallone. Now, I haven't seen any of either's sequels, so I imagine that's where most of his reputation comes from, but both of these are rock-solid character centric movies that took me completely by surprise (this much more so than Rocky, but still).
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