First Blood Reviews
Rambo never actually kills anybody directly, this film is more of a survival movie with the police as the antagonists, representing the system and Rambo refusing to bend to their will.
Far superior to the cartoonist sequel that came after.
after coming home from Vietnam to visit a friend who he later finds out died John Rambo wants to head north but the sheriff in town tells him otherwise believing he's a deserter and wants him out
then the movie turns into a full-on chase/manhunt for Rambo as he constantly evades the authorities using his advance training and combat skills
the Colonel who trained him comes in to fully describe what kind of soldier they're dealing with but it doesn't stop there
this film doesn't shy away from showing how broken a man truly becomes after finishing the mission; what does he have to come home to after being such an expert in the field with weapons, assassinations, and working with others? the real problems are the losses, the trauma, the blood on one's hands, and that people like him are treated severely different by others
Rambo like others had a job to do; some call him a hero, while others dislike him for killing in the first place for the good of our country
in this town they draw first blood and that makes him spiral out of control reliving the painful memories of his past
I love how brutal this story is, the action is fierce, the pace is quick, the music is sharp, and there's plenty of mixed politics about war, veterans, and the damage that's left behind which never goes away
just skip the other sequels, this is the 'Rambo' film to sit back and enjoy
It is 1982 and Vietnam war hero John Rambo seems to be minding his own business in the north U.S.A. (filmed in Canada) when he is systematically targeted by some local redneck Sheriffs led by Brian Denehy as Teasle, arrested on a trumped up charge and threatened with 90 days jailtime.
What these police don't realise is that they are messing with the wrong guy. Rambo is a decorated Green Beret awarded the Congressional Medal of Honour.
What follows over the next hour or so is a war against one man psychologically damaged perhaps by his Vietnam War experiences.
Only a smug senior army commander played brilliantly by Richard Crenna can get at the psyche of Rambo and stop the inevitable destruction and death.
Director Ted Kotcheff delivers Stallone's second most famous character after Rocky Balboa to the screen in an action thriller that would go on to multiple sequels.
Stallone is at his muscle bound best before his mangling in the late nineties made him an Expendable laughing stock.
Anything that Bruce Willis and Schwarzenegger would do in the eighties Stallone manages here with some great action sequences of combat and survival skills.
One thing that did catch my attention was quite trivial (which goes a long way to explain my film watching).
How do American police cars in this type of film manage to drive through the forest terrain?
Back to the film. Stallone delivers a testosterone filled thriller.
and an interesting character played beautifully by Sylvester Stallone, all leading up to its powerful and emotional finale. a win. Highly recommended by me.