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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.
"I'm expendable"!!! Its official ladies and gentlemen, Stallone had been planning the expendables movies since the early 80's.
Did not have the heart of the first film . Really felt like a cash grab.
Cosmatos was generally a hack, but here Cameron and Stallone gave him something he couldn't make boring, and Cardiff and Goldsmith (and the pyrotechnics crew and virtually everyone else) elevated his languid action to top tier studio craftsmanship. It's similar to a Bond movie, in that the director's voice doesn't matter as much as the spectacle that the rest of the crew executes.
After "Rambo: First Blood" gave us a reasonably complex character in a compelling story and became a box office success, it was only natural that we'd get a sequel. Unfortunately, a lot of what made the first film work is missing here ... it's basically a straight action film with Rambo doing a lot of shooting and finding enemies on both sides, with most of the surprises well-telegraphed (seriously, who would hire Charles Napier or Martin Kove to play a trustworthy character?). Not nearly as watchable as the preceding film, but at least it was better than what would follow.
Jump-cutting from one would-be high point to another, RAMBO is to the action film what FLASHDANCE was to the musical, with one to-be- cherished difference: audiences are laughing at it. (They hoot at it and get a little charged up at the same time.) The proceedings are directed by George P. Cosmatos and he gives the near-psychotic material--a mixture of Catholic iconography and Soldier of Fortune pulp--a veneer of professionalism, but the looniness is always there. The film's star and progenitor is Sylvester Stallone, and the way he's photographed he's huge--our national palooka. This humanoid Christ figure with brown leather skin and symmetrical scars goes into Vietnam and brings out a bunch of our missing-in-action men. The film specializes in…
I love how Richard Crenna's entire role in this series is to tell people how fucking badass Rambo is.
Rambo I vind ik net zoals de originele Rocky van een kwaliteit die ik niet verwacht had. Stallone's kaak heeft toch een reputatie die de kwaliteit erg achternahuppelt. De rest van de serie heb ik nooit gezien. Ik denk dat ik de reruns op kanaal2 wat uit de weg gegaan ben.
First Blood II is entertainend, maar niet goed. Vrij smakeloos zelfs. Een Amerikaanse marinier die schietend door post-oorlog Vietnam trekt gaat in tegen een aantal gevoeligheden.
De film moet het meer hebben van de overdrevenheid. Houten hutjes die bombastisch opblazen, Vietnamese schonen die er niet minder Aziatisch kunnen uitzien (Julia Nickson is blijkbaar nog half Chinees) en een utschakelmontage die hoogstens ludiek genoemd kan worden.
Ik wil 3 nog zien voor meer van hetzelfde, maar m'n verwachtingen zijn totaal afwezig.
so much testosterone it almost hurts. most definitely the height of 80s action movies
Bjeri noš! ^_^
baptism by fire
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