John Rambo is released from prison by the government and
recruited for a top secret rescue mission in the jungles of Vietnam.
Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)
Directed by George P. Cosmatos
Written by Sylvester Stallone and James Cameron
Starring Sylvester Stallone, Richard Crenna,
Charles Napier, Steven Berkoff, Julia Nickson, Martin Kove
Sequel to 1982's First Blood
Based on characters created by Michael Kozoll
Oscar Nominations - Best Sound Editing
First Blood Part II is a solid sequel and a great installment in an epic action franchise. This film is considerably more over-the-top and macho than the first, making it delightfully ridiculous.
Stallone continues to shine as John Rambo, this time as a full-fledged reinstated soldier in Vietnam. The action scenes are fantastic and the helicopter climax is insane. One of the best things about this film is that Rambo absolutely does not stop, nor does he rest until the job is done. It's almost like a dig at Ah-nold's Terminator.
This film is arguably as good as the first, and it continues to bring up the treatment of soldiers returning from Vietnam. That's one of the many reasons I like this franchise. It reminds people how poorly soldiers were treated. I like that a franchise built upon ridiculous action can still be somewhat grounded in reality.
First Blood Part II successfully continues the franchise and makes it even more ridiculous with the over-the-top action. While not as good as the first film, this is still an amazingly fun movie that delivers tons of fantastic action scenes.
Stallone continues to show us why he is the perfect choice for the character of John Rambo. He's essentially a one man army that is still emotionally scarred from the horrors of the war. Stallone is a big reason the action scenes work, with one scene of him hunting down the enemy one by one being a highlight of the film. The helicopter climax is also one of the series better, and most over-the-top, moments. Trautman also makes a welcome return to lure Rambo back into the jungle for one final mission.
While First Blood Part II lacks the dramatic depth of the original film, it is still a highly entertaining movie with tons of awesome action scenes. An overall solid addition to this iconic action franchise that further cements the character in movie history.