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RAMBO: FIRST BLOOD PART II (1985)

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RAMBO: FIRST BLOOD PART II (1985)

Wednesday, 22 May 2013 12:00

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The Buzz:

        First Blood Part II picks up some time after the previous film; Rambo is in prison serving his time for the events in the First Blood, when Col. Trautman reappears to offer Rambo a way out of prison. Thus begins the one-man-army's journey back to Vietnam in search of P.O.W.'s who weren't released after the war's end. But once again events swerve out of control as Rambo finds himself caught between the Vietnamese army, devious Russians, and a country that would sooner forget the horrors of Vietnam than relive them.

 

 

Life of the Party:

        Did you like First Blood Part I? Not yet? Well get on that and then come back to this review.

        Good, now that you've acquainted yourself with the beginning of this franchise, you can more appropriately view this film. It's pretty much everything that people might think the first film was about if they had never seen the film; Rambo goes in alone and kills hundreds of men and comes out if it all with a new scar and his signature bandanna and knife. And in this movie that's pretty much what happens.

        I must applaud this film however for the fact that that you must realize that much like the first movie, First Blood Part II was extremely timely in its message. In 1985 Vietnam was still a big sore spot on the minds of many people, and this movie helped remind them, however unwelcome it might be, that there were still issues to face regarding the war, and soldiers who had yet to come home. Sure this theme might not have quite the same impact as it does today, but it's still an important one that bears thought.

        Also much like the first film, the action and acting stand up to even today's standards, which is quite extraordinary. The kill scenes are brutal, the action is well executed, and lo and behold real helicopters! If you want a decent action film with a good message, then Rambo: First Blood Part II will certainly fit the bill.

 

Why has there never been a "Rambo vs. The Predator" crossover?

Potential Hangovers:

        The biggest problem with this film is that there is very little to set it apart from the dozens of other 80's action films. Yes First Blood Part II is a decent film. And yes like I said it has an important message to it. But you could just replace Rambo with any 80's-esque action character and have the same film. To the point where this film almost just "happened" for me; I passed into a daze through much of the meat of the film and just let it wash over me.

        And to me that makes this film the weakest in the whole franchise. All the Rambo films are memorable in some way. Except for this one.  

        Also unlike the first film, the 80's REALLY shows in some of the supporting characters, to the point where it's VERY distracting. Of course this wasn't an issue at the time, but today's audience might not be able to get past a pretty goofy mustache-haircut combo, and some 80's villain clich├ęs.  

 

I'm surprised no one's actually tried to make this M60/RPG combo gun...

The Vibe: Casual Gathering

        Rambo: First Blood Part II is really best served with friends during either a action-movie night, or as your own Rambo marathon, with a healthy dose of Mai Thais (yes I know those aren't Vietnamese, but when I asked the local liquor store owner if they had snake bile or venom to mix with vodka for a authentic Vietnamese drinking night, he backed away uncomfortably and looked for a security guard, so the Thais will have to do I guess). Use First Blood Part I to get the night started, and this film to take full advantage of the alcoholic haze that descends upon you as the night progresses. Maybe drink for every person Rambo kills, twice if it's with a bow.

 

Plus/Minus:

+ Near the top of 80's action films

+/- Very similar to very many 80's action films

- Not unique enough to make anyone's list of top films

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