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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.
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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.
"I'm expendable"!!! Its official ladies and gentlemen, Stallone had been planning the expendables movies since the early 80's.
Bjeri noš! ^_^
baptism by fire
This isn't my first viewing of this but since I am on a POW film kick I had to give this a re-watch.
I figure the first Rambo flick helped sell a million survival knifes and this one likely did too. I had one when I was a kid with the water proof matches, compass on the end, and a sharpening stone in the handle, that was the coolest knife a kid in the 80s could own.
This is a really tight action flick. It has explosions aplenty and lots of up close kills with the survival knife when Rambo goes on his rampage. Good thing that super cute girl rescued Rambo from those nasty Russians or this may have been a shorter movie.
All in all a lot of fun and very watchable today, never boring and when Rambo goes back for the POWs I won't lie I had a tear in my eye.
Only thing worse than those damn Vietnamese: those damn Russians.
This is one of the biggest examples of a sequel going in a very different direction than its predecessor, and even altering the course of the entire franchise that would follow. Most people like to say that the first movie was smarter and this film is just big, dumb, and action-packed, but I actually like that about it. Put these two films side by side, and you'll observe two very different approaches to the same idea, with this second entry hitting a truer note and seeming more like a more personal film. Both films are about the Vietnam experience: how veterans were abandoned and left as empty shells, and how demoralized the experience was for the US as a nation.…
Solid 80's action movie. Only held back by its inconsistent tone.
I liked the first Rambo film much better but this one was not too bad itself. Can't beat a story with a hardass hero of few words.
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.
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Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!