An Honest Review

First Blood-An Honest Review

An honest, biased review of the 1982 action movie ‘First Blood’.

Usually just referred to as ‘Rambo’ thr 1982 action film was directed by Ted Kotcheff and written by Michael Kozoll, William Sackheim and Sylvester Stallone. It’s the story of Vietnam veteran John Rambo ( Sylvester Stallone ), who just wanted a bite to eat.

The war veteran, dressed in a “rogue soldier” style travels to a quiet small town in Washington state to visit an old war buddy. He fell in Vietnam. On his way out of time, he’s stopped by a police officer, who politely tells him to get the hell out of his town. So he drives him out, then he comes back. Upon arrival he’s arrested. Recieving brutal treatment by the guards.

So, what does our hero do? He breaks out, battling all of the more-then-incompetent officers along the way. He hijacks a motorcycle from a nearby rider GTA style and heads to the woods, while getting followed by more officers. This leads to a series of unfortunate events, for the officers. The initial squadron of police, which btw seems way to large for a small “boring” town, are sent in to apparently not arrest him, instead they instantly choose death. This motive becomes clear upon the helicopter scene, Rambo gets shot at via a cop with a sniper rifle on a helicopter, not giving him a chance to surrended. So he chucks a at the chopper window, knocking off the sniper.

Also, on a side note, these aren’t the brightest cops. So, the other cops find the gunless chopper cop’s body, then when they find Rambo, wonder where he got a gun. Rambo takes them out one by one, using a variety of traps. Afterwards they send in what looks like hundreds of soldiers for ONE GUY. Even going so far as to get his old drill sergeant, Colonel Trautman ( Richard Crenna ), who communicates to him via the chopper cops walkie talkie. Ending in a squadron of soldiers trying to blow him up, with a bazooka. Which, as you may imagine, doesn’t work. So now he’s crawling through a dark, abandoned mine getting attacked by rats.

Eventually, he makes it to town. Wreaking havoc on the local population. Starting by blowing up a gas station, which may or may not have been full of innocent civilians. Causing mayhem on the police we eventually find out a little bit about his character, upon meeting Trautman he has an emotional breakdown about his time in Vietnam, he’s suffering from PTSD. Surrounded by dozens, maybe hundreds of policeman in soldiers, he surrenders. The End ( of part one ).

First Blood was an oddly well done action movie which took me way to long to get around to. Though this movie has neither any real charecterisation or even much of a plot, it’s great action scenes make up for it. Though there some scenes that weren’t fully necessary, they didn’t go on for too long like many other films do. Because of everything, I’d give this film a 8.5/10.

-The Screenwriter

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