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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Rambo's rumble in the jungle

Author: Petri Pelkonen ( from Finland
8 March 2011

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John Rambo is released from the prison, thanks to Colonel Samuel Trautman.He is sent to a top-secret operation to locate soldiers that are missing in action in Vietnam.He is teamed up with a female Vietnamese freedom fighter Co-Bao.Murdock, who is in charge of the mission, leaves Rambo in the jungle after he learns he has taken a soldier with him.Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985) is directed by George P. Cosmatos, even though it was later revealed that Sly Stallone did most of the directing.Stallone wrote it with James Cameron.The music is by Jerry Goldsmith.Sly's brother Frank Stallone sings the main song.Sylvester does a great job as John Rambo, like he did in the first part.And the supporting cast is great, too.Richard Crenna reprises his role as Col. Samuel Trautman.Charles Napier is Marshall Murdock.Steven Berkoff is Lt. Col. Podovsky.Julia Nickson plays Co-Bao.John Pankow is seen as POW #6.The movie is filled with great action.Rambo is shot from every possible direction, and it becomes a real survival game for him.It's a touching scene where Co-Bao is shot, right after she and Rambo kiss each other.In this Rambo the body count is bigger than in the first part, but it doesn't make this a better movie.But I guess Rambo has gotten his reputation from these sequels.And what a reputation that is!

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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Another underrated film.

Author: Arthur-Fawell from United States
6 September 2010

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Alright I understand its not as good as First Blood. People often complain about how Rambo turns from a man to a killing machine. This is certainly the most classic one it is referenced the most. I like this one because it seems to agree with my thoughts on Vietnam POWs still being over there. It is underrated as I already stated. The only way to enjoy this movie is to not compare it to First Blood and remember it was 1985, the age of the POWs still in Vietnam. It came out right after Missing in Action. The movie has a seriousness that Rambo 3 certainly didn't have. What this movie has going for it above all else is that its a good action flick. Its got everything a 1980s action film needs, simple story, acting that is not amazing to put it nicely, and lots of unnecessary violence. 7/10

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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

A classic in it's genre that will unfortunately never get the proper credit.

Author: Whackooyzero from United States
27 August 2010

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I am willing to say that Rambo II is equal to First Blood and both are Stallone's best movies(and this is coming from a HUGE Stallone fan). This movie is pretty much as good as action/war movies from the 1980's get and unfortunately, due to most people's inability to put aside their modern day political eye glasses for pure entertainment and because of the numerous spoof and parodies of this particular movie(and I suppose all the pointless merchandising at the time doesn't exactly help either) it will probably never be acknowledged as such.

However, I'm here to set the record straight. The story is simple, John Rambo after having spent time in prison after the events of the magnificent "First Blood", is brought back into battle by his friend and Colonel Sam Trautman. Rambo is sent to investigate the possibility of hidden POW's still held in Vietnam. And right there you see why people are so negative towards this movie. Look people, the setup is only there to create the adventure, now if you were able to accept it as that you would find this movie to be one of the better paced, better executed and to a certain degree better acted than most movies in this genre.

One of the things Rambo II has that almost no one mentions is that it does contain dramatic elements especially the relationship between Stallone and Julia Nickson as Co Bao the Asian freedom fighter and with the character who goes by the name of Murdock. which is something that would be unfortunately left out in "Rambo III". But what this movie delivers in(and in my opinion in a fashion and way just as classic and unique as Raiders Of The Lost Ark was a few years earlier) is keeping the audience focused the whole time following Rambo's journey and of course cheering at the non stop action found in it.

That's probably another element that turns people off. This movie has so much machine gun fire and frantic action scenes that some might see it as mindless macho crap(probably not helped by the fact Stallone spends the last third or so of the movie shirtless) but frankly all the action scenes are invigorating and well filmed. If you don't like it fair enough but it's still obvious a lot of effort was put into it. Yes some of the action scenes do defy logic but that really doesn't matter because we like the characters enough at the end of the movie to ignore such flaws.

Everything about the execution of this movie is classic and in some ways the movie is, despite what some might say, exactly that. This movie defined what a cheesy 1980's action movie should be but in this case still managed to have a story with actual human interest in it(something Stallone frequently does in his films from Rocky to First Blood to Lock Up to F.I.S.T) even if it is an admittedly very simple(but very effective) story.

There is a message to the movie but I don't think it's the one a lot of people seem to think it is. I feel the movie's message is more geared towards Murdock and how he betrays Rambo than it is geared towards the Vietnamese and the Russians. The message I see is in many ways what Rambo says at the end of the movie which is that showing mercy for those who go into danger and leaving none behind is what should always be emphasized not only in war but in life, with the people who depend on you. because they wouldn't do what they do if they didn't believe in themselves and that is to be admired. At least that's the way I interpret it.

But that's just if you really look, what the movie really is is the epitome of visceral entertainment filled with heroism, justice and energy. Filmed great, told in a strong way, acted convincingly, Rambo: First Blood Part II is a classic in it's genre and deserves better then what it's gotten from a lot of people.

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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Rambo Goes Home

Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York
24 October 2009

After the havoc and mayhem that Rambo wreaked on the Pacific Northwest simply because some redneck cops wouldn't leave him alone, it was only a matter of time before the US government would have need of his special services. So in Rambo: First Blood Part II Richard Crenna who was his trainer and former commanding officer in Vietnam gets him released from prison. He's being sent back to Vietnam to search for prisoners left behind.

The whole POW thing I've never quite fathomed. After a war is over would it make any rational sense for any government to keep prisoners? To feed and clothe him and watch over them even at subsistence levels seems to me to be a colossal waste of time and effort. Still the stories of POWs left from Vietnam in Vietnam still surface.

Rambo's only going in to scout, take pictures to provide proof, but this is Rambo and he's going to go above and beyond. I mean what are they going to do to him, throw him back in jail?

Stallone has to fight the Vietnamese in front of him and some people who are not giving him full support in the rear. He also gets time for a little romance in Part II, lovely Julia Nickson who is a pro-American, anti-Communist guerrilla still waging the fight there.

Sly's fans will no doubt appreciate this film and we in America can be confident that those POWs Stallone doesn't free, Chuck Norris will.

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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

If he dies- he dies!

Author: Derek Carpet from United Kingdom
30 June 2009

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Yes! Now this is more like it. Guns, knives, bombs, chases, beatings, this is why films were invented! Jim Rambo returns again in this first sequel to the first film First Blood. Rambo has been sent to prison after his escapades in the previous film, but he is happy there as no-one annoys him. When General Kirby (based on the 'popular' Nintendy character) comes a knockin, we know Rambo will help and the fun will begin. This film has many much more excitement sections than the first film, tones more fights, loads more action, and proves that sequels can be better than prequels.

A bunch of soldiers are believed to be still held captive in the woods of Vietnam. Charles has them. There is no proof however, so Brian Dennhardy and the guy from Karate Kid decide to get the proof. They don't want to dirty their own clothes though, so they tell Kirby to send in Rambo. Rambo believes he is going in to save his fellow psychos, but really he is a guinea hamster and the bosses have no intention of saving the men. Rambo is dropped in front of enemy lines with his trusty knife and has to find the men in 2 days or be left behind. Joining him is a pretty local woman who he falls in love with. This twist makes Rambo one of the most romantic films ever, as well as one of the most action packed. Of course their relationship is tragic, and when something bad happens I wanted to jump into the TV and scream 'NOOO!' and start shooting all the bad guys, including the good guys. The film also shows that you can never trust your bosses because they just want to leave you in the jungle. The main bad guy is so evil that it really feels great when Rambo gets him. Yeah, take that you scumbag! There are lots of good one liners in this film, like when the bad guy is going to poke Rambo's eye out he says 'I must break you' and Rambo simply says 'Go For It!' before snapping his neck. 'What mean expendable?' the girl asks. 'It like when I is invited to a party, and there is beer and I drink some beer, and then I drink another beer, and then I drink lots of beers and make a silly of myself but no-one cares. That mean expendable.' That one line pretty much sums up America's involvement in Vietnam for me.

All the clever college stuff aside, what we really care is the action. How about these? Rambo infiltrates the bad guys' hideout, and slices 10 guards' necks. He is captured and electrocuted, but still manages to destroy everyone and escape with his bare hands. His canoe is attacked with machine guns and rocket launchers and he has to kill all the bad guys and jump out before it explodes. He steals a Helichopter and blows away hundreds of bad guys! He chases the main bad guy around the forest with a bow and arrow while nukes are dropped around him! Yes, this is a truly awesome film which all true movie fans need to see.

Best Scene: When Rambo returns to his base and searches for the bad American guys. He shoots all the computers and screams and says a big speech like the first film. Stallion's acting here is superb as you don't know what he is saying and should have won an Oscar.

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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Brainless, macho heaven

Author: coverme6 from Allentown, PA
28 May 2000

Sylvester Stallone stars in practically his most well known

character next to Rocky Balboa as John Rambo, the most put-down,

yet indestructible action hero of them all.

This time around, Rambo is called in from prison to save several

POWs still held captive in Vietnam. From there, it's a gritty,

no-nonsense battle between our hero and the dirty communists.

Stallone does his usual tough-assed grunt, yet with a nicely

humane touch when he meets a warm-hearted Vietnamese woman named

Co Bao (Julia Nickson). Richard Crenna also stars as Rambo's


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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

Taut, riveting action film

Author: sgtking from United States
2 August 2009

How do you follow up a great film? Not an easy task. A lot of times when it's announced that a sequel to a hit movie is in the planning stages expectations are high. The first film in the Rambo series, 'First Blood,' was a worldwide success and set the bar for many actions movies to come. It introduced the world to a new action hero and so it seemed only natural to turn this into a franchise. It would be three years before it would happen, and when it did it too hit. Not as big a hit as it's predecessor, but 'Rambo: First Blood part II" still won action buffs over.

Pros: Performances are solid. Spectacular score. Breathtaking photography and scenery. Moves at a lightening pace. Exiting action scenes and set pieces. Like the original, this sequel should keep one on the edge of their seat. This is a big movie with a lot going on and the director handles it beautifully. Powerful villains for Rambo and the others to deal with.

Cons: Really have to check your brain at the door for this one because it's implausibility level is high.

Final thoughts: Now this is an action movie, even more so than the original. There's the saying bigger doesn't mean better, and true this film isn't better than the first one, but it is just as good. You don't see that too often in sequels.

My rating: 4.5/5

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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

My Favorite Rambo Film.

Author: jerekra from United States
16 May 2009

First Blood Part 2 is my favorite of the Rambo Films. It is a great action packed film with great acting, plot, and meaning to it.

Rambo is given the chance to leave prison if he agrees to help the military. He agrees. His mission; to go into Thailand and take photos that prove that there are no soldiers held prisoner. However as he arrives there, Rambo soon discovers something that may complicate the mission.

One thing that I like about this film is that this time Rambo is a hero that we can cheer for. In the first film he was kind of a tough guy who fights with cops a little, but really is not a hero nor a villain. But this time he is clearly a hero. Also it is great to see him out in the jungle where he is able to maneuver around and show how good he is in the wild.

Stallone is awesome as usual. This is one of his better portrayals of Rambo, gets to show lots of different emotions; Anger, frustration, sadness, and determination.

Rambo gets in a lot of great action. THis really is one of the best action flicks of the eighties and that is saying a lot. Rambo gets to use his bow and arrow for the first time in a film and that is great because it is a unique weapon that fits him. Also gets to use his knife and a lot of guns. Also there is an awesome helicopter chase scene. THe last half hour is action at its best.

The supporting cast is great as well. Trautman is great, and Murdock makes for a great jerk military guy who really is a coward deep down. Co Bao was an interesting character in that she gets the film into a romantic mood for a little. Ericson is also interesting in how he is played by Martin Kove, who I always will remember from the Karate Kid films.

If there is a complaint I guess it is that the film maybe starts a little slow, but not really, and there is some lame action parts. But it is a great action film like I have said before.

So, a great film that has a new idea in that Rambo is clearly the hero in this film. Great action, acting, and overall one of the better action films of the eighties. Highly recommended.

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4 out of 7 people found the following review useful:

Great Entertainment

Author: nik963 from United Kingdom
20 February 2008

The average rating and cynical reviews on this film are just courtesy of people who can't enjoy an action movie. They have to analyse it's realism and mistakes. For those who say this movie is unrealistic and preposterous, well you are right but that's the point.

John Rambo is unbeatable and some of the situations he gets out of are rather unrealistic, but to be perfectly honest, who cares?! This is an action picture, great fight scenes, tension and an incredible muscle bound hero who speaks little but does a lot.

Stallone portrays the character well, Rambo has a sadness within him and the politics and repercussions of the Vietnam war are well documented within him and the movie. It doesn't wrap itself in the politics though. It just pans out as a brilliant action movie. It is hard to find a better 90 minutes of film to match the excitement of Rambo First Blood Part 2.

In Part 1 it is more of a survivalist story whereas in Part 2 it is more action packed. The enemy is the Vietnamese and Russians while Rambo is a one man army. There are excellent chase scenes and the helicopter finale is outstanding.

What I love about Rambo is he is not just a guy with a gun shooting anywhere, he is a proper hero. His use of arrows and his legendary knife plus his supreme strength and will power separate him from other action heroes.

Definitely watch this film. You will not be disappointed.

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5 out of 9 people found the following review useful:

It is the HEART

Author: from Somewhere called home
7 April 2008

I'm a little surprised MOST people call this film a mindless one. Really mindless? Not at all.

This movie is not about showing how intelligent the plot should have been, it is not about the mind. Instead, it is about the heart. The heart of a great soldier, who loves his country, yet the country abandons him. Rambo shows great honor and heart, willing to die to save those POW no one dares to save. This is humane.

All in all, the key here is HEART, or some people call it passion, not the mind. It doesn't matter if you have the so-called great mind, like those so-called "great clever minds" who abandon their own men and called them ghosts in the movie. What is important is the heart. Only those who really have heart can feel the movie deeply. President Reegan once complimenting the movie has it too. People with great mind but no heart will never understand, even if they are smart.

Heart.Do you have it? Do you feel it? Are you willing to put aside your mind which you always think is so important? Do you feel it instead of think it? It's up to you now...

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