Watched May 15, 2012
Owen Hughes’s review:
I kind of thought it would be a mindless action film where Sly goes around killing the bad guys in the jungle with his machine gun and that's about it. Like Predator, I guess, just without the Predator.
I was wrong. It's excellent. I found it very entertaining, and also quite sad. Sure, Rambo is this bad-ass, super elite soldier who can kill a man practically by looking at him with his wonky face, but I never realised there was a subtext quite so deep to it. The way the bent cops are almost enjoying hunting him down and killing him on "his own turf" if you like is obviously a subtle (maybe not so subtle, actually) allusion to how the American soldiers hunted down the Vietcong on their land and are always portrayed as laughing and firing on them when in reality it was horrible.
It's a good film. Not even just "for an action film", but it's something I feel stupid for missing out on for so long.