Number of Times Seen – 1 (17 Oct 2018)
Brief Synopsis – John Rambo is plucked out of prison and sent to South-East Asia in order to find proof that there are still US soldiers being held as Prisoners of War
My Take on it – This is a film that I have seen many bits and pieces of over the years but never sat down and watched it from beginning to end.
Having watched the original First Blood (1982) again, I decided to watch all 3 of the sequels too in order to see how the character of John Rambo evolved over the years.
This film is so far removed from the original film and takes a character that could be an iconic example of the plight of veterans and turns him into an over the top action hero.
Yes, I’m willing to concede that this film made Rambo an iconic action hero, but so much is lost by doing that instead of making him a true hero as he was presented as in the first film.
This film takes many political liberties which caused a lot of backlash at the time it came out yet it’s something that the character of John Rambo would stand for, so it does belong regardless of the climate at the time this was made.
The action scenes are completely over the top and in some cases quite hilarious but that’s part of the reason that people love the character so much and has led to so many parodies of it over the years.
Sylvester Stallone is fine in the lead, but he does tale some of the scenes to the extreme which takes away from the possibility of taking this film seriously at all.
Bottom Line – Nowhere near as good as the original film because it takes things in the wrong direction by turning Rambo into an action hero. The film is quite political and it is completely understandable that they would present things that way especially since that would be the stance of the main character regardless of the time. The action scenes are a bit too campy and there have been numerous spoofs done of this film because of it. Stallone is fine in the main role, but goes a bit overboard with some of the scenes presented.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Co-writer James Cameron claims that he only wrote the first draft of the script and that Sylvester Stallone made many changes to it. When the film was released, the political content of the movie was considered controversial. Many felt the Vietnam War was altered to look and sound heroic. Cameron commented that he only wrote the action and that Stallone wrote the politics. (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)
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