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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.
To celebrate the birth of our beautiful daughter, I watched Rambo 2 (with headphones on). It's been a really great day!
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.
but sequels are supposed to be better than the originals
Just like the first one, but less sensitivity, more muscles and a stack more people being shot. This movie is madness and it is what you think Rambo is going to be like, if that makes any sense. This time Stallone is back in Nam with a taste for seconds, second blood, even though it's still first blood...II. Set on a false, true mission with enough testosterone and revenge to level any chaps smuggler to a piece of coal. The whole thing was amazing, in summary. But best bit, end credits music. Here's the link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=sD32CjAuwlc Frank Stallone, magical stuff.
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…
FIRST BLOOD PART 2
Full on action mode = less interesting film.
I find it hard to discuss this movie without comparing it to the original. The tones are so different that Part II always gets the short end of the conversation because it's so over-the-top.
Rambo taking on a group of local, small town law enforcement is close to believable. When he, alone, goes up against the Viet Cong AND the Russians it's almost too much to accept.
Most movies have a montage covering the hero's training, Rambo II has a killing montage, and even though it's completely ridiculous, it's the best part of the movie. Hiding under a rock, KILL; Somehow dragging a soldier with vines? KILL; Hiding in mud (how long was he there?), KILL; Coming up out of the water (again, how long was he holding his breath?), KILL;
The only thing I we ever learn about Rambo is he really hates the Vietnamese. I wonder if that would change if he just sat down and had a nice bowl of Pho.
I've always admired the first film but never really taken this or the third movie seriously. As a kid I loved Rambo III, but only until last night have I really understood what a classic action movie this is. Where Arnold's Commando is basically a walking killing machine, Stallone is very much the same thing here but with added emotional depth thanks to his history from the previous film. Like most great sequels with this kind of scale, they get straight to the action and this film is full of great one-man-army sequences toward the end that are actually well thought through. It's not at all anything original, but it's a story told well and brilliantly cast all around. Despite…
I wasn't all that pleased with the first film in the franchise perhaps the sequel will leave me with more satisfied
Before watching this, I obviously knew this would be more action-packed than the first, and while this is still a movie of the 80s, it would evidently have all of what you have come to expect from that decade – both the decent or disastrous aspects… Well, it certainly had the cheese and the stilted dialogue that I was expecting, it definitely also had the overload of action you would expect – even to the point where the camera would just cut to people flying and explosions happening, without ever showing the audience what and why made that stuff happen. Other than… well… to look awesome you know, and cram in as much explosive deathly chaos into this film as possible... I can't wait for the third one, with Rambo riding a freaking horse to battle. A guaranteed success!
Rambo, isn't like First Blood with a corrupt police force hunting him down. instead it's more Rambo takes on a tough job for the government.
but sequels are supposed to be better than the originals
A rocky start (no pun intended) soon crumbled away (pun absolutely intended) to reveal a barnstorming action finale.
With the awful, awful Vietnamese girlfriend character out of the way, Stallone could finally focus his attention on some major ass-kicking. Also features a terrific scene between the army man and the bureaucrat that totally belies the film's B-movie trappings. So much fun!
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