First Blood

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Academy Award-nominee Sylvester Stallone stars as war hero, ex-Green Beret John Rambo in the one that started it all! FIRST BLOOD is an explosive action-thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the final, powerful
It’s easy to forget that this Spartan, violent film, which begat the Rambo series, was such a big hit in 1982 because it was a good movie. Green Beret vet John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) wanders into the wrong small tow… More >>

First Blood

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  1. First Blood is an extremely important film but perhaps not for the chest-thuming nationalism that somewhat spoils its compelling climax. First Blood taps more importantly into themes of homosexuality and masculinity. The nature of Rambo’s relationship with the old war “buddy” he seeks in Small town, USA is never fully explained, his rage at not finding him never entirely clarified. The viewer is invited to empathise with Rambo’s cause, not because we can relate to him, but because he is rhe ideal attractive yet vulnerable male. Given that the target audience of this film is young men it is entirely reasonable to suggest that an exploration of homosexuality is a deliberate sub-theme. For those in doubt it is worth considering Stallone himself in this and the subsequent Rambo films. Long haired and muscles bulging, it is not hard to imagine what the decidedly phallic weapon he holds at the ready represents.

    I whole-heartedly recommend this film to evey young man, it is one of our favourites at my local YMCA.
    Rating: 4 / 5

  2. Believe it or not, I had never actually this before (or any of the Rambo movies). Didn’t do much for me – the directing and editing seem pretty dated, and I never felt much sympathy for the lead character. Not as awful as I thought it might be, not as good as I had hoped.
    Rating: 2 / 5

  3. But which guy? He must be caught and punished. But seriously, the director knows how to keep a story moving and Stallone’s sympathetic (if over-acted) performance helps but when his character says “let it go, or I’ll give you a war you won’t believe”, THE END should have come up on the screen. A nice little 45 minute movie ending satisfactorily. Unfortunately, the film goes on and a man in a grey overcoat and silly beret shows up with a pair of water skis and a rubber shark. This toe curlingly cheesy performance ends with one of the most embarrassing moments in film history. “Don’t do it, Rambo!” Yells the afore-mentioned Colonel. Indeed, John, don’t waste your bullets on Brian Dennehey, whose rather a good actor. Aim it where it counts. The man is destined to get you into more mischief anyway.

    Meanwhile, back at the ranch….(what’s left of it.)
    Rating: 2 / 5

  4. Rambo is an odd trilogy, odd in a sense that every installment grows stronger, and by alot. In First Blood we’re introduced to a burned-out, edge of insanity war-vet haunted by past experiences in the Vietnam War. On his pathless journey a hillbilly town police officer halts him, harasses him, arrests him, his co-workers push him and all hell breaks loose. First Blood does sport some very well done action, especially with Rambo on the mountain setting traps, leaping off a cliff and trekking through a dark mine shaft. However the movie focuses too much on typical “stupid cops” who break the rules and way too much emphasis on anti-Vietnam war statements even though the war was far over after this. Its too one-sided, and too angry and Stallone’s quote at the end a about a memory of Vietnam has been heard all too many times before. It doesn’t work in the sense that this isn’t a war movie, it isn’t a drama, its an action movie. Yet its action does keep viewers entertained despite its out of place side-story.
    Rating: 3 / 5

  5. This movie stars Sylvester Stallone who plays John Rambo , a former Green Beret in Vietnam but now a drifter. For some reason Mr. Rambo thinks he can walk into any town carrying a 12 inch hunting knife on his person without being questioned by the local authorities.Sadly , this does happen and Mr. Rambo thinks he can relive the Vietnam War and maybe win this time. I give a free set of Steak Knives to anybody who can understand his final speech to Richard Crenna!!!!5 stars to Hollywood who somehow , yet again, manage to portray Fantasy as Reality.
    Rating: 5 / 5

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