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Rambo: First Blood Part II
What most people call hell, he calls home.
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.
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…
i've always loved the occasionally abstract, often tableux-like action sequences: Rambo stands on a hill mowing down bad guys with an AK-47...it's basically the poster, and unsurprisingly this became a totem. certainly that jingoism seems noxious now but i'm not the first person to say it's more fascinating as a psychic time capsule than it is actually icky anymore. and the film even manages moments of grace, like when Rambo tells a POW it's 1985, and the look on the man's face is like the human equivalent of the spinning Mac pinwheel, or its fetishization (which i obviously share) of the Mil Mi-28 Hind helicopter gunship, a gorgeously bulky piece of vintage Soviet military hardware aesthetics.
A lot different than the first movie but a pretty solid straight-up action flick. The first movie is pretty character driven for an action movie, this is a lot action oriented but it works well. Stallone pulls off the part of Rambo pretty well. The action pieces are exciting. Again, we have no not-so-subtle commentary on how we treat our soldiers once the war is over. Sadly this commentary is still relevant.
"Sir, do we get to win this time?"
"This time, it's up to you."
If First Blood was an allegory for the Vietnam War full of regret and remorse, then Rambo: First Blood Part II is a wish-fulfilment fantasy full of violence and revenge. The shocking thing is somehow it works. That's probably due to it being a top-shelf one-man-army movie. Rambo gets sent back into the jungle to "photograph but not engage" a POW camp, but I think we all know how that will go. He has some help from sympathetic locals, an army unit up to some shady stuff (of course), and Richard Crenna returns to remind anyone within earshot that Rambo is not to be messed with. While the first act contains a LOT of setup, once the action starts in…
I first saw First Blood Part II back in '85 in the movie theatre, and I am sure I lapped up all the stone-faced dialogue and crazy-ass violence. I think I saw it at least once or twice more on video rental after that. This first Rambo sequel shows its age a bit, but it is still a fair entertainment.
I think the only Stallone movie I ever truly loved (and probably still do, but I'd need to re-watch it to be sure) was the very first Rocky, which inspired me to go out running in a sweatsuit in the winter. No fanfare music when I ran up the steps, though. The Rambo movies were fun to see with like-minded…
There were at least two high profile odes to testosterone of the pull-the-superhuman-war-hero-out-of-retirement-for-a-suicide-rescue-mission variety in 1985: Rambo: First Blood Part II and Commando. Both traffic in the big, loud, and dumb of 1980s Cold War action tropes. But only Commando is actually fun, because it has the good sense not to take itself so seriously.
Each of Arnold’s one-liners in Commando is a winking acknowledgement that this is high octane escapism, a celebration of wanton destruction in the name of good versus cartoonish evil. Heavy themes are incongruous with that celebration; they don’t sell popcorn. But First Blood Part II holds on tight to both its explosions and its politics, and its heavy-handed protest of America’s shabby treatment of her…
It's a silly film that doesn't realize it is silly.
What can I say, I love the action and I respect it having a message, even if I'm not sure how I feel about what it says.
Rambo II holds up well if you divorce yourself from the politics and how parodied it was after it came out. Actually, the politics are a bit more slippery than people remember. There's a lot of rage towards the bureaucrats who use soldiers as pawns in war that even a lot of left leaning people can get behind. I love the scene where Rambo just melts down and unloads a M60 on a bunch of computers when he gets back. That's even more symbolic now to what war has become in recent years.
Stallone dit this movie for the money!
I love this sequel, and I don't say that often. Rambo is such an interesting action film character, and we get to know more about him now with this film. You must see it if you're a fan of the first. The story brings him into a much bigger situation as the first, the stakes are upped, and there are really extreme action sequences. Being put back into a warlike setting really suits this character well. We get to see all of his talents. And don't be afraid, this story isn't just action with no story. You can read the story here on the site. It's a rescue with revenge and love and anti-communism, all the great themes of the 80s. And I don't want to give away the end, but it is both sad and satisfying to the audience. I loved this movie.
What brought First Blood from a good movie to a really good movie for me was the end, when John J. Rambo breaks down in the police station and his tragic bout with PTSD is brought to the forefront. This is a man who has seen a lot of horrible things, done a lot of horrible things. A broken man in the shell of a warrior. It's a poignant ending and one that has stuck with me. It was also a very pleasant surprise watching it since I had never seen a Rambo movie before and thought I was getting an explosion-heavy, gun-totting action type movie.
Then I watched Rambo: First Blood Part II.
It's seriously a travesty they kept…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
"you not expendable."
i think my head will explode when the time comes for the inevitable double feature of this and Commando.
Rambo: First Blood Part II has a totally nonsensical storyline and tons of mindless action, but I think that is exactly why it's so idiotically fun to watch. A sort of guilty pleasure of mine, the first sequel to the mostly engrossing First Blood is a very poor movie but depending on the mood you're in, it can be pretty watchable.
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