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Rambo: First Blood Part II Reviews

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August 19, 2018
I don't care whatever anyone says about this sequel but I find it one of those rare sequels that are Great! Sure it's not as good as the First film BUT it's enjoyable and action-packed which is good! 80's action films are my favourite! They tingle everything I love! Gore! Silly over-the-top deaths and of course hilarious romances which last two seconds!
½ July 29, 2018
Simply a great action movie.
July 29, 2018
re review: Rambo first blood part 2 is one of those misunderstood movies that people hate because it's not like the original. While first blood was purely anti-war and shows what it can do to people, first blood part 2 is mistaken for a pro war movie. those who say that are wrong this movie is actually neither pro war or anti war, it's anti establishment because in the last moments of the film Rambo says that all he wants is for his country to love him. this isn't pro war because of all he went through to save POW's and while the PTSD part of the character is gone (therapy maybe) the villains of the film (other than podovsky) are US Government officials who want the POW's to stay behind and die to save money. The movie is all action and shooting but in the end it's not saying "war is fun" it's saying "the government doesn't care about those who put their lives on the line," and i give the movie props for that.
June 18, 2018
i really enjoyed the film personal opinion
May 16, 2018
This over the top and silly sequel to the thoughtful First blood is ridiculous but a whole heap of fun. Stallone does what he does best...grunt! and he grunts his way through the action scenes to magnificent excess!
There is nothing to take away from this movie other than the fun of an action movie.
For fans of 80s action movies this is an enjoyable macho muscle movie.
April 11, 2018
It was great to see Stallone in this role again, but it wasn't as good as the first. I just really appreciate how iconic this movie is. 3/5
½ February 25, 2018
Not as good as it's predecessor, but still a very good action movie. This time the battle takes Stallone to Vietnam to rescue a bunch of American POW's. Stallone once again does his part, leading the way with his portrayal of John Rambo. The explosions are bigger, the guns are bigger and the opposition is bigger... but Rambo comes through again!
February 18, 2018
RAMBO II is dumb, loud, ridiculous, but never boring- a staple of 1980's action films. The cinematography and the directing on the technical side are both very good- this film has some of the best gunfights I've seen in a movie. But it is offensive in that it is a glorified spectacle of unreality based on sensitive reality. But still, it's a lot of fun to watch, and its worth watching only unless you don't want to think too much about what is going on. I wouldn't recommend you do that- because eventually, the feeling of offense will creep up and really bite.
½ January 11, 2018
This is Stallone doing what he knows best: transforming sequences into box office hits, creating icons that would transform cinema forever.
Super Reviewer
December 21, 2017
Hot on the heels of the massive blockbuster hit, First Blood, Stallone is back three years later with First Blood: Part II... and what a disappointment it is. I can't say I expected much more: after First Blood's insane ending, there's no logical reason for Rambo to return. In Part II, Colonel Trautman visits Rambo in a work camp he's been sentenced to after the first film's incidents. He requests Rambo accept a mission to do reconnaissance on POW's that may not have made it out of Vietnam. Rambo, being the macho action hero that he is, refuses to stand by while the U.S. military does the rescuing. Despite having chronic PTSD from watching his friends get killed, he returns to Vietnam without question. Under the orders of Marshall Murdock (played by Charles Napier), he deploys into the jungle, solo. There, he meets a local intelligence agent to assist him on his mission. This agent turns out to be a she, and her name is Co-Bao. The actress playing her, Julia Nickson, turns in a laughably bad performance as Rambo's sexy sidekick. Whether her Vietnamese accent is a part of her real world identity or put on for the sake of the character, it sounds terrible. This is a one-dimensional, abysmal, typecast role given to a beautiful actress with minimal acting capabilities. Stallone himself seems to have forgotten that his own character suffers from PTSD. Rambo is no longer the broken war veteran struggling to fit into a world that doesn't want him; he's just another action hero. With that being said, this isn't to say that First Blood: Part II doesn't have it's moments. Stallone is always, to an extent, entertaining and badass, even in his laziest moments. The scene at the end where he confronts Marshall Murdock is fueled by a heavy dose of angry testosterone, and it was a surprisingly great way to end the film. Although the 95 minute running time sounds brief, I found myself checking the time quite often; considering this is an action movie, pacing is crucial, and the repetition of Rambo killing a man from 50 feet away without actually aiming gets old very fast. First Blood: Part II was written by Stallone and James Cameron-this sounds like a dynamic combination, but the duo won the Razzie Award for Worst Screenplay. To top it all off, Stallone also won for Worst Actor. This is even more depressing when you consider how his performance from Part I was Oscar-worthy. If you're curious as to how Part II is after watching the first, do yourself a favor and skip over this one because there's not much to see.
November 25, 2017
Looks like it was shot by the second unit from The A Team.
November 17, 2017
The sequel of the first film is good and fun. First blood part 2 is a action pack film with guns and explosions and Rambo is badass and a awesome character. Good film love it.
½ August 27, 2017
Just clean, fun, exciting, bloody entertainment with an excellent Stallone performance
August 22, 2017
As a film in its own right it's not too bad, but as a sequel to the first Rambo film it basically fails. By trying to maintain Rambo as a victim, trying to rescue victims, they instead turn him into a one man brigade blowing up and shooting up everything and everybody. It's far more corny than the first film but the action scenes are pretty good
August 10, 2017
The acting is pretty bad. The action is good and entertaining. The story is cheesy but it gets Rambo to where he needs to be.
August 6, 2017
The better of the four since he is in Vietnam.
½ August 2, 2017
Three years into his sentence, former green beret John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) is visited by his old commander, Colonel Sam Trautman (Richard Crenna). With the war in Vietnam over, the public has become increasingly concerned over news that a small group of US POWs have been left in enemy custody. To placate their demands for action, the US government has authorized a solo infiltration mission to confirm the reports. As one of only three men suited for such work, Rambo agrees to undertake the operation in exchange for a pardon. He is taken to meet Marshall Murdock (Charles Napier), a bureaucratic government official overseeing the operation. Rambo is temporarily reinstated into the US army and instructed that he is only to photograph a possible camp and not to rescue any prisoners or engage enemy personnel, as they will be retrieved by a better equipped extraction team upon his return. During his insertion, Rambo's parachute becomes tangled and breaks, causing him to lose his guns and most of his equipment, leaving him with only his knives and a bow with specialized arrows. He meets his assigned contact, a young intelligence agent named Co-Bao (Julia Nickson), who arranges for a local river pirate band to take them upriver. Reaching the camp, Rambo spots one of the prisoners tied to a cross shaped post, left to suffer from exposure, and rescues him against orders. During escape, they are discovered by Vietnamese troops and attacked. When a gunboat manages to catch up, the pirates betray them out of fear. Rambo gets the POW and Co-Bao to safety, destroys the boat with an RPG-7, and kills the pirates. When Rambo reaches the extraction point, the helicopter is ordered to abort by Murdock, who claims Rambo has violated his orders. When Trautman confronts him, Murdock also reveals that he never intended to save any POWs if any should be found, but to leave them caught to save Congress the money it would take to buy their freedom and evade any possibility of further war. Co-Bao escapes, but Rambo and the POW are recaptured and returned to the camp. There, Rambo learns that Soviet troops are arming and training the Vietnamese. He is turned over to the local liaison, Lieutenant Colonel Podovsky (Steven Berkoff), and his right-hand man, Sergeant Yushin, for interrogation. Upon learning of Rambo's mission from intercepted missives, Podovsky demands that Rambo broadcast a message warning against further rescue missions for POWs under fatal cost. Meanwhile, Co infiltrates the camp disguised as a prostitute and comes to the hut in which Rambo is held captive. Rambo at first refuses to cooperate, but relents when the prisoner he tried to save is threatened. But instead of reading the scripted comments, Rambo directly threatens Murdock, then subdues the Russians with Co's help and escapes into the jungle. Will Rambo be able to save the POWs and get out alive?

Despite negative reviews,"Rambo - First Blood II" was a major worldwide box office success, with an estimated 42 million tickets sold in the US. It has become the most recognized and memorable installment in the series, having inspired countless rip-offs, parodies, video games, and imitations.

Compared to "First Blood", the sequel developed the character John Rambo into a stupid and overblown actionmovie hero that goes so quickly into overdrive before you even have time to blink. Stallone lose all credibility of the character by exaggerating everything in "Rambo - First Blood II" and by taking away most of the depth of Rambo we got to see in "First Blood". That film provided at least a small insight into the problems American soldiers suffered from when coming home from Vietnam. The storyline is quite poor, the acting is poor, the editing is poor and the cold war flag waving runs through the whole film. Yes, the action sequences are somewhat well-choreographed and shot ok. However, the action film clichés are massive and ridiculous in most cases. At that point in the mid 80s Hollywood action stars Sylvester Stallone and Chuck Norris created their Vietnam action superhero personas trying to make some sort of amends for the Vietnam war and by "saving" POWs pointing the finger at Vietnam as the bad guy yet again. You can´t get away from the fact that "Rambo - First Blood II" has a very straightforward right wing agenda in which Stallone puts the focus on how sore America were towards the Vietnam war. And besides that the Vietnamese are simply portrayed as stooges for the Soviet Union. I do like the lovely Julia Nickson as Co-Bao, but the character is flatter than a board unfortunately. Rambo - First Blood II" is just a poor mans flag waving 80s action extravaganza in which Stallone gets to flex his muscles in all sorts of angles.

Trivia: According to the documentary We Get to Win This Time (2002), the producers considered teaming up Sylvester Stallone with his Staying Alive (1983) protégé John Travolta (who was once considered to play Rambo himself in the first film) as Rambo's young partner in rescuing the American POWs. Stallone nixed this idea when he decided it would be better to make the film a solo project.
July 24, 2017
The unfortunate aspect of First Blood Part: II is that it really neglects and doesn't follow through on the social political commentary its predecessor handled so well. In parts it does ask and deal with politics but ultimately reverts to an action fest with finding new ways to blow up Russians. However, as much as I would've wanted it to be a very clear sequel, it does have some crazy moments of ridiculously entertaining action, with a strong and subdued performance from Stallone.
½ July 2, 2017
I saw this in the theater when I was a teen. I thought it was okay. But when I re-watched it again I hated it. Just awful. One of the worst of the 80's movies.
½ June 17, 2017
In order to enjoy this, you must get the first one out of your head. It'll only get in the way, cuz while it was a sobering war drama about being a military vet, 2 is pure 80s trash, and all the better for it. Laughably corny, over-the-top and as subtle as an exploding arrow, it's a great example of how an action movie can be aggressively dumb and adrenalized fun at the same time. A sweaty and rippled guilty pleasure, it's the Rambo that most encapsulates Sly's zeitgeist power, for better or worse.
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