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Col. Troutman recruits ex-Green Beret John Rambo for a highly secret and dangerous mission. Teamed with freedom fighter Co Bao, Rambo goes deep into Vietnam to rescue POWs. Deserted by his own team, he's left in a hostile jungle to fight for his life, avenge the death of a woman and bring corrupt officials to justice.
To celebrate the birth of our beautiful daughter, I watched Rambo 2 (with headphones on). It's been a really great day!
The second instalment in the Rambo film franchise, Rambo: First Blood Part II may lack the intricate themes of the original that turned it into an instant classic right away but certainly goes big with its action set pieces by packing in more explosions & body counts and takes the "one man army" approach a tad too far.
First Blood Part II continues the story of John Rambo and picks up from where it signed off in the previous chapter. The plot finds Rambo released from prison for a top-secret mission that requires him to return to Vietnam in order to document the possible existence of POWs but he soon finds out the real motive behind this covert operation.
Geoff T's Rambo Marathon #2
Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)
This is the kind of movie that defines action films of the 80s, overly violent, patriotic and just plain explosive. I'm going to go out on a limb and say I enjoyed this more the the original. The first is clearly the better movie, but this one as a whole just seems more enjoyable, as admittedly absurd it can get at times.
Set a few years after First Blood, Rambo is imprisoned at a penitentiary after the damage he did to the town of Hope. Approached by Colonel Sam Trautman, he agrees to take part in a mission in Vietnam where he must discover the whereabouts of American POWs…
You're not expendable.
The sequel to First Blood, one of the greatest action movies of all time, is nothing more then a big dumb 80s action movie. It might be the king of big dumb 80s action movies, but it's still a shell of what First Blood was.
The plot itself isn't all that bad... after you get passed the set up. They need to send someone on a covert operation to Vietnam to take pictures of a prison camp to prove or disprove the presence of American POWs. Who would be perfect for this mission? Well John Rambo of course! You know that guy that had a mental breakdown 3 years ago because of the Vietnam War…
One of the quintessential action films of the 80's, Rambo: First Blood Part II is a hugely enjoyable follow-up to First Blood that still holds up very nicely after over thirty years, with strong performances, a likable and believable protagonist, a straightforward plot that moves at a brisk pace, and intense, exciting, well-shot action sequences.
*Film no.9 of Xanax & Strippers: The Todd Gaines Movie Challenge"
Challenge no.16-A Razzie Worst Picture Winner
I had initially chosen to watch Kevin Costner's The Postman as my choice for this leg of the challenge until I realized that film is 177 minutes long. Believe it or not, I didn't think it was that bad on my only watch around five years ago, but 177 minutes, fuck that. Some of those other films on Todd's list made me extremely nervous, some to the point of potentially damaging my sanity, so imagine my surprise to notice one of my guilty pleasures nestling among the turds.
First Blood attracted controversy when released back in 1982. This follow-up courted even more with the…
Tons of fun, definitely did not deserve the Razzie for worst picture.
First Blood planted the seeds; Rambo comes home from the war only to be treated like any enemy in his own home. Even though it's pretty obvious that the first film and its sequel(s) were geared toward fans of the action genre, there is something to be said about motivation behind John Rambo's actions. In fact, this film speaks the words loud and clear at the end; he loves his country, he fought for it, and wishes it would love him back. It's the only thing you need to know about the man. The rest will make sense. Part II isn't as brilliant as its predecessor but I had a rollicking good time with it.
Hot Shots Part Deux makes so much more sense now.
This strongly enforces a perspective where post-war paranoia and individualistic crave for justice is given the cathartic rage of the 80s shoot-em-up action genre. That is as weird as it sounds, but it's kinda great. Hardly well-acted at all, but great.
I remember watching this fucking film 3 times during its theatrical run. Tonight I watched it again for the first time in almost a decade. Saw the whole fucking thing on mute in my tv. Didn't have to hear it. I know the dialogue, explosions, even the music beats by heart. Stallone and a little director called James Cameron co-wrote this bloated, ridiculous, totally entertaining stuff your pie hole with popcorn and shut up flick. Rambo is offered a get out of jail card only if he goes back to Vietnam and takes pictures of prisoner of war camps . Well, fucking Rambo appears at the rendezvous with one skinny ass POW breaking his contract and being left behind. Now…
I don't know what I'm missing, as people seem to think that this is one of the great 80's action flicks. Even as a simple beat 'em up action movie this was a real piece of shit movie. It's boring, the acting and writing are both unbelievably bad. The politics are frighteningly dated and offensive. Some cool helicopter action in the last half hour...
Just a real piece of shit this movie.
John Rambo's in prison, serving a sentence for what he did in the last movie. His old mentor, Col. Trautman (Richard Crenna) shows up with an offer: the government, under pressure from the public, has put together a publc relations mission. There are reports of American POWs still being held in Vietnam. Since Rambo knows that area better than most, they need him to go in, do some recon and photograph a camp where the POWs might be. In exchange, he'll get a full pardon. He's not, however, to rescue any prisoners or engage enemy soldiers. Rambo, of course, saves a prisoner, is captured by the enemy and wages another one man war for truth, justice and the American way.…
Rambo evolves from all-too-human to superhuman, so this sequel is pointless to me, in addition to being poorly acted (Julia Nickson and her ridiculous broken English are a wonder to behold) and ham-handedly directed. I also never realized how terrible Jerry Goldsmith was in the '80s.
August 2016 Scavenger Hunt
Task #3: A Razzie Worst Picture "winnner"!
I really don't understand the Stallone hate from the Razzies. He has gotten nominated almost every year from 1985 to 2004. Sure, he isn't really a great actor, but he has constantly delivered solid action flicks. Rambo 2 is one of them.
The film follows former commando John Rambo who is released from prison and is given a new mission: to infiltrate the jungles of Vietnam and confirm whether or not there are POWs in a specific enemy camp.
This film has a larger scale than the first one in terms of action: while the first film featured Rambo trying to fend off the local police,…
Funny (or irritating, depends on the moment) childish USA propaganda.
The first one is a good film, this one is a good piece of shit with a high trash value.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
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