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First Blood Reviews

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½ July 29, 2016
An action classic that shows off Stallone's talents as an actor. Thrilling action sequences and raw brutality, shown in good taste. A masterpiece.
July 23, 2016
A superbly-made action movie with a lot to say.
½ July 15, 2016
This is a good popcorn action movie with a sublime plot and works very well till the end until to the point where Stallone who acted brilliantly till then, starts crying like a baby. That never ending crybaby scene was really awful to watch otherwise we could had one of the best action movies of the 80s..
July 10, 2016
I forgot that the Rambo series actually started with a fairly solid film
June 4, 2016
"First Blood" is a first rate dark action thriller with shocking depth and sensitivity. After seeing it, you'll love it forever.
Super Reviewer
May 2, 2016
This is another franchise I have never seen. I was expecting just all out over the top violence but this was far more thought provoking and it was much better for it.
April 20, 2016
First Blood (1982) ???
Absorbing story of Stallone who flees into mountain territory after being mistreated by the law. Solid, well acted action movie holds up until denouement. Followed by three sequels.
April 9, 2016
The only Rambo flik in my book. Brian Dennehy - ha ha ha. Hard to take Richard Crenna after seeing him reprise this role in Hot Shots: Part Deux!
March 30, 2016
Amazing movie, I will always be a fan of Rambo.
March 29, 2016
It's like McGuyver got crossed with Brad Pitt's character in Legends of the Fall. Bullies in law enforcement...never heard of that in real life have we?...
March 22, 2016
Ace movie. Great action and story.
½ March 21, 2016
First blood creates some loveable characters and some hated characters as well. This is a film that you can genuinely understand the main characters problem and struggles and why he is rebelling against the police. Sylvester Stallone gives a great performance as Rambo and the supporting cast is also great.
March 20, 2016
Watching this movie within a modern context, knowing what came after (a silly over the top action franchise and even, briefly, a cartoon show) makes it an almost surreal viewing experience. One of the most original action movies I've ever seen, and surprisingly moving in spots, with a fascinating story and a wonderful performance from Stallone.
March 10, 2016
John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) is a homeless veteran whose very presence inspires the ire of a bunch of bored police officers in a small town. An arrest for vagrancy quickly spirals out of hand and Rambo finds himself using military training to evade National Guard troops who are hunting him through the woods. The Rambo franchise set the tone for 80's action movie excess, but those who come to First Blood for cheap thrills will be surprised by how atmospheric and affecting this film can often be; if nothing else, First Blood merits commendation for calling unprecedented attention to the then-marginalized concern of combat veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Ted Kotcheff's tight direction and Jerry Goldsmith's somber music are big contributions to what makes this action movie memorable, but Sylvester Stallone's dynamic performance in the lead role is the key distinguishing element here.
February 29, 2016
The 80's really brought us some great movies, wether they are horror, science-fiction, action or slasher. And this is defenitly one of them!! Introducing the famous bad ass Rambo to the screen, with Sylvester Stallone, this movie is well acted, well executed and very entertaining, full of action and blood and explosions. It's a classic action flick to see. Recommended !!
February 17, 2016
I waNt the who set on flixter you guys should sell a bundle
Super Reviewer
½ February 8, 2016
The most well written of the Rambo films. While the sequels were more mindless entertainment oriented, this film has a much more emotional focus on the character of John Rambo and features very thrilling scenes, well written dialogue and a great story. First Blood is one of the best action films of all time featuring lots of thrills and a very great performance by Sylvester Stallone.
½ January 26, 2016
Unlike other Rambo movies, this one is noble and only kills when necessary. Impressive setpieces and good messages keep this one up
January 22, 2016
Good movie with great story. A great way to look at Vietnam, more intelligent story than most action film. Great acting and don't rely on body counts to please viewers.
January 14, 2016
Tuesday, August 24, 2010

(1982) First Blood

A returned war veteran comes to a small town only to find out that he's unwelcomed to settle down there motivating him to creating major hostility and then havoc!
The perfect role for Stallone since he doesn't look or sound too smart to carry on an intelligent conversation at any given time, so the best roles for him to have are the typical outcast with miniscule dialogue. This havoc between John Rambo going against the town was only an excuse to showacase some realistic action sequences that have to be seen to be believed. One stunt in particular has John Rambo jumping off a cliff landing onto some trees. Another is the chase scene between car and motorcycle which I've read or seen somewhere that the stunt driver had twisted his arm while driving but still managed to finish the stunt regardless! And the unecessary ramblings he was talking at the end solidified his character one would not easily forget- setting up the bar for the second installment!

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