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The Buzz:

        This iconic movie follows one John Rambo (played by Sylvester Stallone), a Vietnam veteran back from the war and looking to find some peace as a civilian again. But a contemptuous sheriff has Rambo arrested for vagrancy, which sets off a chain of events that quickly spiral out of control. Soon the town cops and even the National Guard are hunting Rambo down, as he seeks to get justice, and to just be left alone.

 

 Life of the Party:

        Rambo: First Blood is, in my honest opinion, one of the most important action movies to ever come out. This isn't your typical blood-and-guts through continuous violence film; First Blood seeks to understand the mindset of the soldier returning from our most unpopular and historically hated war. He went and served his country, risked life and limb, and came back to be called a baby-killer and denied every job he could find. And then this small-town cop sees the uniform jacket and tries to run him out of town, and then arrests him, and Rambo just snaps. To me the psychology that they explore in this film sets it apart and above most other action films (especially from this era).

        Even by today's standards, the action, effects, and acting have stood the test of time, and still make for a very interesting film to watch. And here's a small tidbit of trivia for you about First Blood: this is the film that started a franchise about the “one man killing machine” Rambo, but in this entire film he doesn't kill a single person! He completely ruins some peoples' day, a couple in some pretty bad ways, but no one dies by his hand. Kind of interesting when you consider where the rest of the franchise went...but that's for later.

This is the scene where they should have all just quit

Potential Hangovers:

        Really...nothing to put here. Sure it's 80's cinema, but everything is so well done in my opinion that you won't find yourself mocking the time period (like we all do with other movies more than a decade old).


I'm sure beating this incredibly jacked war vet with a stick will work!

 

The Vibe: Casual Gathering, Solo Experience

        Rambo: First Blood is one of those films that if call yourself a fan of the cinema, and haven't seen, then you need to remedy that immediately. Watch it alone, or with a group of friends, it matters not; just make sure it's a setting where you can pay attention, as what the characters have to say is probably the most important part of the movie.

 

Plus/Minus:

+ The Rambo film that started it all

+ Sylvester Stallone

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