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Wow...can't believe I haven't seen this before. A spectacular action flick, and it actually has a really good plot.

Sylvester Stallone was quite good...I don't see what the big joke about him is...he is a fairly good actor. And it's kinda mean to make fun of the way he speaks...he has a speech impetement.
sylvester was good, but it's kinda dated when you watch it now.
First Blood is about a Vietnam veteran named John Rambo who is wrongfully arrested in a small town while visiting a friend from the war. When Rambo escapes things begin to escalate and it becomes clear to the police that the man they're tracking is anything but ordinary.

Well, since there were no movies well received by the critics this week, I decided to go to Blockbuster to get some videos. I rented this one because my dad was such a big fan of the Rambo series. While I didn't like it quite as much as him, I still enjoyed it. It's not very well written, but it's still a blast to watch, which is what action movies are supposed to do. It does have it's share of flaws and for a revenge film, it's rather weak, so it's not a classic by any means.

For how old this film is, the action sure was impressive. This movie is filled with explosions, shoot outs, and plain old butt kickin! None of these scenes look fake at all! There was one scene where he blows up this gas station and the explosion is so cool to watch. You even see the streams of fire coming out of the ground! That's what's is missing from movies today. A lot of elaborate scenes these days are accomplished through CGI, or other technology to make them cooler. Rambo's action sequences aren't captured through CGI or any other fancy invention. The action is captured just by great camera work, and that's how action movies should be.

Even though the action is cool, the rest of the stuff isn't! The story is pretty stupid and the character development is weak. Normally, I wouldn't complain about this stuff too much in an action film, but it seemed to me that the makers thought First Blood was a movie with great characters and story. Sadly, this isn't the case. When Rambo is treated cruely by the police, you see flashbacks of the war. You see him getting brutally tortured and I thought that the director would keep that going, but it just stops. It quickly goes from a potentially compelling action drama to a mindless action movie. Then, at the end it tries to go back to being a compelling action drama by having Rambo give an emotional speech to the Colonel. This scene feels so out of place and so unneeded. I wish the makers would have changed the end scene to something else because it would make Rambo so much better. Like I said before, the story wasn't that good either. A big military action hero going up against a police squad in a small town..... I wonder who's going to win?! Of course, it's going to be the action hero! I just wish Rambo went up against someone a little tougher or threatening, instead of a local police squad. Speaking of Rambo, why did his character have such few lines? He talks a little in the beginning (still not much) and then once the story gets going he never talks at all. The movie just makes him out to be a silent killing machine and I wish they would have made him a little more.

Overall, Rambo is very entertaining, but there's nothing that stands out and I feel that the director made a lot of bad decisions which caused me to not like this film as much as I would have.

Similar Movies: Predator (9/10), Cliffhangar (9/10), Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (9/10), Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (10/10), Payback (10/10), Man on Fire (9/10)

Movies With the Same Director: None
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THE GIRL NEXT DOOR (2004) gets five points alone for scantily clad Elisha Cuthbert. The movie itself is awful. And, I subtract two points for her being such a tease. A porn star that does not get naked - what a concept.

HERO (2004) turned me off because of the heavy nationalist overtones. Usually I don't mind. Loved the cinematography but the fight scenes were not quite as good as expected.

A WOMAN IS A WOMAN (1961) was a surprisingly "light" comedy coming from Godard. Oh, I am in love with Anna Karina circa 1960. Who isn't? It's no Band of Outsiders but definitely good.

FIRST BLOOD (1982) is back in the day when Sylvester Stalone could act. He probably still can - but he sort of blew his career with the route he took as action hero. "First Blood" not only is a great action movie, it actually has a really well developed story behind it.

THE UNITED STATES OF LELAND (2004) is a movie so great that I barely remember anything and I only watched it about a week ago. The only thing that comes to mind is - good cast. It's otherwise just another American Beauty rehash. Please stop trying to remake that.
It was nice to be able to sit down and relaxe and watch movies. Thats what I did after band practice last night. Came home and sat around with my friends and watched a pile of movies and it was alot of fun. Kinda of a nice variety too.

If I get time later on today, I'm going to try and do up reviews for the films that I haven't reviewed yet. If you'd like to read my review about Sasquatch its allready in the journal. The others I haven't reviewed yet.

So I'm supposed to go and do the vocals on one of the new tracks we recorded today and I have a birthday party to go to this afternoon. After I'm all done with that then I'll probably come home and chill out and maybe watch a couple more flicks. Don't know yet for sure though. We'll see. I still have to get an antenna though so I can sit down and watch my Patriots kick some booty this season.
...and had to make up for it on Sunday.

Fahrenheit 9/11
A bit too much of a propaganda film. Michael Moore's going at George Bush without conceding that the president did any good for this country. It's 100% negative. I came out of the film learning how extremely wealthy former presidents are. Sure, they only make about $400,000 a year, but once they're done, they have all the connections in the world for their future business endeavors (yeah, there are book deals and stuff too). You can't get better connections than the president of the United States - and business is all about connections.

The Forgotten
Yeah, I agree that it's pretty much an X-Files episode, but it's a very well made one. It's an engrossing film. Begin Spoiler:I went into it expecting Dark City in New York, and that's pretty much what it is. End Spoiler. There's a great shot involving a car accident that got everyone in the theater off their seats. That shot alone is worth the price of admission or, in my case, a future DVD purchase.

First Blood
Wow. I didn't remember it was this good when I first saw it. I guess I was too young then to understand the subject matter. It has a great premise - what if a misunderstood green beret from the Vietnam War brought the war home. What kind of havoc could he do to a quiet, peaceful city? How does the city police department stop him? In this case, it's easy to root for John Rambo - a misunderstood Vietnam vet who gets mistreated by city authorities. It's got some great lines (for tough guy movies):

"Don't push it or I'll give you a war you won't believe."

"I don't think you understand. I didn't come to rescue Rambo from you. I came here to rescue you from him."

"Are you telling me that 200 of our men against your boy is a no-win situation for us?"

"What obsessed God in heaven to make a man like Rambo?"

It's also action packed! There's a short intro and a short ending; everything else in between is pure action. This is a lean, mean action movie. The score is great too. Stallone's performance at the end is amazing. It's too bad the film doesn't have more scenes like that for him to show off his acting abilities. The guy can really act back then. This film holds up better than the sequels. He's more human in First Blood. In the sequels, he's a cartoon character.

When I was little, Stallone was my favorite American actor. Sure, his career's winding down nowadays, but I still root for him to make another comeback...and Spy Kids 3D doesn't count.
7.00/10
Borderline comic book treatment of a really good book that would have made more of an impact, if they had followed the book closer. It could have been Oscar worthy. It's still fun to watch.
OK, I know I'm gonna get chewed up by LedZep and Kurosawa for this one, but hey it comes with the territory I guess.


"Rambo: First Blood" based on the David Morrell novel, finds the retired Rambo as a quiet drifter, bullied by a thick-headed small-town sheriff (Brian Dennehy) past his breaking point after he is arrested for vagrancy and pushed too far by Dennehy and his deputies. Thier bullying eventually triggers flashbacks to torture he suffered in Vietnam POW camps and he snaps. After tearing apart the sheriff's station and the deputies, Rambo takes to the woods where he is safest. As the deputies pursue him, they quickly find out they are no longer the hunters and in fact, they are the hunted. As Rambo takes them out one at a time, albiet letting them live he jumps Dennehy last and with that famous knife to his throat silently says "In town you're the law, out here its me. I could have killed em all, I could have killed you. Don't push it. Don't push it, or I'll give you a war you won't believe...let it go."

Richard Crenna as Colonel Sam Trautman is great here as well. If only to serve as a reminder to what we already know, that Rambo is the best there is at guerilla warfare he is still fun to watch here.

Although I'm sure a lot of people out there will bitch about Stallone's tirade in the end about Rambo's difficulties readjusting to civillian life, its what is at the core of this whole film: Rambo's guns-blazing, stealthy defense is not a fist-pumping thrillfest, but a sad, lonely descent into oblivion. While Stallone was probably not the best to deliver the lines, we get the point.

The sequels were god-awful shoot-em ups that one would come to expect these days to entertain the Vin Diesel fans out there but the original was actually pretty good.