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Quintessential pure bad-ass the best action film my number 1 personal favorite
ivo-cobra81 January 2018
Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985) is the finest pure bad-ass the best action film of the 80's of all time for me. My number 1 personal favorite film in the action genre I think it is one of the best action movies of all time. I love this film to death and it is my childhood film. Sylvester Stallone returns as John Rambo, the former Green Beret who is given the opportunity for a Presidential pardon if he accepts a mission to confirm the existence of American POW's captured during the Vietnam War.

Rambo: First Blood Part II influenced many of action films. Commando come out the same year and it was very competitive with Rambo but this movie won because it was more box office successful. I love this film to death It is the sequel to First Blood (1982), and the second installment in the Rambo film series In my opinion it is Stallone's best film.

"Sir, do we get to win this time? "

Awesome and very great intense underrated sequel . it Is a very joy great action movie . Action adventure fun with some substance. Different than the first one , but great as an archetypical good versus bad movie. Very decent, good movie, very entertaining, fast paced wonderful action Hard-R fight scenes and some nice one-liners war movie. There's no shaky cam or CGI here but real explosions. Bad-ass action film I absolutely love it to death! James Cameron and Sylvester Stallone wrote the script that is why this movie was such a bad-ass action. Terminator 2: Judgment Day and Aliens proves to be one of the best action movies from James Cameron he wrote and directed them, that is why Rambo: First Blood Part II was such a success. Brilliantly directed by George P. Cosmatos who later directed Cobra (with Sylvester Stallone again) Leviathan (with Richard Crenna again) and Tombstone.

Of course, this wouldn't be an action movie without some action. There's plenty of it, and it's perfectly done. Great action, a slick pace and a barrage of great moments (a random soldier being shot by an exploding arrow being my personal favorite) may not make this high art, but it does create a fun time at the movies, which is what movies are meant to do. It also helps that it has a great score, which sets the tone very well. You have ton's of explosions real practical effects. You see a lot of heavy weapons and they are used well.

Rambo uses a knife and kills the bad guys, well, he's Rambo and his knife completes him. Rambo uses Hoyt Archery compound bow which has been well know as the "Torque Bow" because of the high explosive arrow tips. I have never seen in any action movie a bow and explosives arrows. Rambo uses a flying helicopter kills all the bad guys blows whole base and saves POW's captured prisoners.

In this movie you have Russians and Vietcongs as the bad guys. Rambo blows up an enemy boat by pulling an RPG-7 anti-tank grenade launcher blows the to hell. Great explosion I have ever seen. Rambo blows up Podovsky's Hind helicopter with another grenade launcher M72 LAW.

Excellent solid cast Sylvester Stallone does great excellent performance as legendary John Rambo Vietnam vet. I love the character to death. Richard Crenna R.I.P. as Col. Samuel Trautman was excellent I really miss him. Charles Napier R.I.P. as Marshall Murdock was fantastic bad guy. The acting is fantastic from Richard Crenna and Charles Napier the politics were important, such as a right-wing stance coming from Trautman and his nemesis, Murdock, contrasted by Rambo's obvious neutrality. Great music score from Jerry Goldsmith R.I.P.

Rambo: First Blood Part II (also known as Rambo II or First Blood II) is a 1985 American action film directed by George P. Cosmatos and starring Sylvester Stallone, who reprises his role as Vietnam veteran John Rambo.

10/10 Bad-ass action film I absolutely love it to death m number 1 action film ! Puts most action movies to shame. Today they aren't action movies like are this one. Today they are just lousy CGI bullsh** crap.
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A disgraced soldier turns saviour , rescuing p o w's raging a one man war back in Nam
2karl-2 November 2017
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This film I gave ten out of ten this made 300 million world wide. The best return for a sly film. at an 1hr41mins this film is all action . Rambo is released from prison and is sent back to present day Vietnam. His mission to track down an American Mias. The plan : A parachute into forbidding jungles. with nothing but a serrated knife and a bow with arrows. He is told not to engage the enemy. Just to take recon pictures. Betrayed by his own. Rambo struggling against deadly odds and wows revenge on those who made him an enemy. No man no law no war can stop him he kills 75 enimes.
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One long bullet fest
david-sarkies29 September 2017
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This is one of those films that was quite popular back in the 80s, but seems to have fallen by the wayside of late. Then again I suspect this it has become somewhat dated and certainly didn't attain the cult like status that some movies did. In a way, like the previous film, the main purpose of Rambo was to try and come to terms with the failures of Vietnam, and dress it up in some form of action film where the all American action hero storms in and saves the day (though it is interesting that we do learn about Rambo's heritage here).

The film begins with Rambo in prison however he is approached by his former commander who offers him a way out – return to Vietnam and attempt to rescue some forgotten prisoners of war. However, things pretty quickly go pair-shaped when it becomes clear that the person pulling the strings actually has a different agenda in mind, and once again Rambo simply discovers himself a tool of some faceless, and heartless, Washington bureaucrats.

Where as the first movie focused mainly on those who had returned, this movie brings out the concept of those who were left behind. Apparently an agreement was made in 1972 where the American government would pay war reparations in return for the release of their prisoners of war, and not surprisingly the Americans reneged on this agreement, and the prisoners were left to rot. However, this had the potential to explode into a public relations disaster sooner or later (and sort of went against the idea of leave no man behind). Well, this is where Rambo and his mission comes in – not to rescue the prisoners but actually prove that there aren't any there.

Mind you, such a movie wouldn't have worked with simply having the Vietnamese as the enemies, so they upped the ante by bringing in the Russians. However, the one thing where this film does end up falling down is the fact that it pretty much degenerates into one massive slug fest. This is probably why I wasn't as impressed with this film as the previous one. In a way it really seemed to fall into some angry rant against the Vietnamese for not only torturing their prisoners, but not letting them go (needless to mention the fact that the Americans were trying to sweep this under the table as well).

In a way this film seemed to be capitalising on the renewed interest in the Vietnam War, but really did little to address the issues. Ironically, one of the characters looked a lot like a skinny version of Churck Norris, who also made a couple of Missing in Action films which were actually of a somewhat higher calibre. Sure, this film does have its intrigue, and its untrustworthy bureaucrats, but it does really finish off all that well. In a sense it just seems to reach a point where the screen writers really couldn't work out where to take the film and simply gave Sly a gun (and a helicopter) and had him pretty much run around blowing everything up. Talking about the chopper, that last scene, where he is destroying the camp, is equally ridiculous in that he basically managed to blow up an entire POW camp without injuring a single American (as well as flying a damaged Chopper all the way across Laos only to have it fall apart when it landed at the base in Thailand).
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A Great Action Flick In The 80's Action Genre Mold
bobhelms17 September 2017
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I as a little young when I first saw this, and the First Blood movie I didn't see till a few years after this, so I didn't go in with any idea about who Rambo was or what he was about. Stallone does so well as a brooding action star, always on the edge of sanity in so many of his movies. This movie came out and mixed the current (at that time) hatred for the Soviets, with the bad taste of unfinished business within Vietnam, as many people believed (and it may have been true) that there were American POW's somewhere over there that were left behind by a government that "just didn't care and wanted it all to go away".

It fills all of the typical 80's action film clichés: never ending ammo, completely unrealistic gun fights where the good guy can't be hit by any rounds, while he fires wildly with two M-60's and hits everything that moves. But, who ever asked for realism, it's a work of feel good fiction anyway, right? Rambo gets beat up throughout the movie, then comes back in the end and rains vengeance upon the bad guys. Comes back, confronts the bad government guy and his lackeys, roll credits.

When I rate a movie like this, I'll rate it with an idea of what was out there at that time. Very few movies stand the test of time, like The Godfather, or 2001, or The Good The Bad The Ugly. Most movies you enjoy, when it starts getting into 10 or more years since you've seen them, you wax poetic about them and perhaps remember them more fondly. This isn't really an exception to that. The Senator in the movie comes off as too much of a representation of a government that many people hated (and still do), but he does a good job of it. Richard Crenna as Col. Trautman is probably the best acting done by anyone in the movie.

The unfortunate part of a movie like this is all of the bad reviews it will get from people who want to make a fictional movie into something political. If you find the movie to be atrocious and give it one star on the basis of bad acting, or poor plot, or over the top lack of realism, so be it. But the reviews going on and on about "bad bad USA, should not have been in Vietnam" or "xenophobic" or "racist", please, you need to read up about a few of the POW camps over there that were far far worse than what is shown in the movie. And even more silly: questions like "how would Americans feel if Germany had made a film like this rescuing Nazis" Uh, the Germans did, many countries make what can be construed as "anti-american movies", but we don't hear much about it here.

But, I digress, enough with my annoyance about politically motivated reviews. If you enjoy Stallone's dark attitude and cliché catch phrases, combined with gratuitous meaningless hail of bullets and knife jabs, you'll enjoy this movie.
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Best guerrilla action film ever
stormhawk201827 June 2017
Sequel to the awesome First Blood, First Blood Part II revolves around John Rambo is sent into Vietnam to take pictures of a supposed abandoned POW camp. When he finds that the camp is still operational, he liberates a POW and subsequently gets betrayed by the men who hired him to get the job done. After this, he takes matters into his own hands and takes on half the Vietnamese army and a squad of Russian troops and attempts to rescue the other POWS's. First Blood Part II follows the events of the first film and the mission that Rambo goes on is a chance for him to get pardonned over the events of the first. First Blood Part II is a solid sequel that offers everything you'd expect from a Rambo film. Sure some aspects of the film are silly, but the key words you need to remember is this is a Rambo film, you should expect something over the top. The film delivers the usual top notch action thrills with decent acting, but as usual it's not anything great. But what do you expect in the acting department of a Rambo flick. Though lacking in some aspects of the picture, the film more than makes up for it with it's action. Thats the reason why Rambo films are excellent, the nonstop action. The filmmakers know how to craft a solid actioner, even at times if it's not truly perfect, there are a lot of things going for this film that surpasses the low points. As far as action films are concerned, First Blood Part II delivers everything you'd expect and more. First Blood Part II is an underrated film that doesn't deserve the flack it has received. Sure it's totally different, but there's an interesting plot to keep you entertained. Even if the plot is average, the action is flawless and its what makes this film a blast to watch again and again.
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To survive a war...you've got to become war.
Scott LeBrun17 April 2017
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Sly Stallone returns to one of his most iconic roles in this slam-bang sequel to the memorable 1982 thriller "First Blood". John J. Rambo is now doing time in a prison work camp due to the damage he caused in the original movie. But his former superior / mentor Colonel Trautman (Richard Crenna) comes to him with a proposal. He will earn his freedom if he undertakes a dangerous mission in Southeast Asia. He will return to the Vietnamese jungles to obtain proof that there are still American soldiers being held prisoner there. He's only supposed to take pictures; he isn't supposed to engage the enemy. But that will very much prove to be impossible.

The real life frustrations of Vietnam veterans and families of M.I.A. soldiers are right at the forefront in this combination of political statement and gung ho, "toss all credibility out the window", comic book style action movie. Directed capably by George P. Cosmatos, with a screenplay credited to Sly and none other than James Cameron, this sequel delivers the goods in a BIG way if one is looking for lots of spectacle and a glorious body count. There's some very potent violence (without much in the way of gore), as well as one explosion after another, to ensure that viewers don't ever get bored. Jerry Goldsmiths' rousing, majestic score is the icing on this escapist cake.

Sly does a good job, but he's surrounded by even more praiseworthy co-stars. Crenna is, again, very convincing. Charles Napier is superb as one of those loathsome bureaucratic weasels the audience will dearly love to boo. Steven Berkoff contributes deliciously over the top, one note villainy as Russian creep Podovsky. (Some people consider this a virtual reprise of his performance in "Octopussy".) Unfortunately, we're denied the pleasure of seeing the character buy it on screen; he just sort of disappears from the action. Martin Kove of "The Karate Kid" fame is fine as a mercenary type. The simply gorgeous Julia Nickson is endearing as a helpful "indigenous agent" and potential love interest.

The climactic action where Rambo turns into a clichéd "one man army" is tons of fun, even if it admittedly takes absurdity to extremes. There are other highlights, though, especially Rambos' response to Podovsky when the Russian orders him around.

This is kind of similar to "Commando" from the same year, except that "Rambo: First Blood Part II" takes itself seriously. "Commando" did not.

Seven out of 10.
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Rambo Isn't About Mindless Action, Explosions, & Weapons
zkonedog10 March 2017
When the first "Rambo" film (First Blood) came out, it became an instant classic due to its gritty and political take on the negative treatment of Vietnam War vets (or the whole Vietnam War in general). Unfortunately, this sequel turns the franchise into a shoot-em-up, blow-em-up, over- blown action farce filled with shallow plots, tired clichés, and groan-inducing one-liners.

For a basic plot summary, in this movie John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) is temporarily recruited back to the service with Colonel Trautman (Richard Crenna) to help rescue Vietnam prisoners of war. However, when the mission goes awry, Rambo must once again turn into a "killing machine" in order to salvage the objectives and get the men out alive.

This film should have been focused on the next chapter of Rambo's life, but it instead eschews any character growth in favor of mindless action, endless explosions, and shiny new weapons. The franchise is much the worse for this transformation, as it takes the human/political aspect of the character and throws them right out the window. The little bit of character growth that director George Cosmatos does try to nurture feels completely out of place in this smorgasbord of explosions.

In terms of acting, Stallone is never really given a chance to emote like he did towards the end of First Blood. Instead, he is reduced to shouting, grunting, and growling while patrolling automatic weapons. Also, Crenna and co-star Charles Napier are quite one-dimensional and thus very difficult to form emotional connections with.

Thus, I consider "First Blood Part II" to easily be the worst of the Rambo installments due to the shift from a political focus to one of pure action and little plot substance. At times, this film is so hokey that it is almost difficult to watch. You can skip it entirely and not lose out of any of the Rambo character experience.
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If this wasn't a sequel to First Blood...
connorbbalboa28 November 2016
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To this day, I only know of two franchises where the first installment is so different in tone and film making quality to the rest of the series: Rambo and Godzilla. While with Godzilla, there still managed to be a few good movies in the series before it all went to hell (see Mothra vs. Godzilla as an example), with this movie, whatever good came from First Blood (first in the Rambo series) goes to hell almost immediately.

The plot is that Sylvester Stallone's Rambo II (which I will be calling him from now on because he is almost nothing like the character from the first film) is visited in prison by his former Special Forces commander, Colonel Trautman (Richard Crenna), who offers him freedom in exchange for going back to Vietnam to rescue American P.O.W.s from the same prison camp he escaped from in 1971. Leading the mission is government bureaucrat Murdock (Charles Napier), who then orders Rambo II only to take photographs of the place so the government can move into the camp later. Rambo II realizes too late that this was all just a ruse by Murdock so that the camp would still be declared empty and the government would forget about the issue (there's quite a bit of politics in this film).

This film commits two major crimes as a sequel: the first is that it is not true to the original film; the commentary on how war veterans should be treated on the home front is placed on the back side in favor of some wild and unrealistic action, as entertaining as it may be. The second crime is that it changes the character to fit the film. In the first film, Rambo was a wrongly-treated veteran who was angry and frustrated at his country for persecuting him and fought back in retaliation. Now, Rambo II seems to think that his country placed him in prison for a good reason (he was arrested at the end of the first film) and he seems perfectly calm, with any signs that he is a traumatized war veteran being all but invisible. Perhaps if my standards for cinema weren't high, I'd be more forgiving, but as it stands, these two crimes prevent me from being as such. The villains are also one-dimensional, with Viet Cong soldiers who think that they are being more threatening by hitting their prisoners every few seconds. The two big baddies though, are this Soviet Lieutenant Colonel and his strong, silent type assistant who suffers from the same problem as the Viet Cong. If I was Rambo II, I'd say, "You know, manhandling me every five seconds isn't gonna make you more threatening. In fact, it looks rather silly, doesn't it?"

Despite these problems, the film does have some good things about it. For instance, the cinematography is so appealing to watch and really makes the jungle look more attractive (despite the fact that this was filmed in Mexico and not Vietnam), and the action is entertaining on a primitive level. There are also a few decent performances by Napier, Crenna, and Stallone, although the P.O.W.s do act pretty cheesy, and newcomer Julia Nicholson could have made more of an effort as Rambo's romantic interest, Co. All in all, if this wasn't a sequel to First Blood, I'd give it a better rating (maybe a 7), but since it is, its two major crimes really do tear it down quite a notch. This film works best as an outdated artifact from the 1980s, due to its style of action film making, or as a piece of propaganda (same simple politics as Rocky IV: Communists = bad, Americans = good).
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Insanely violence jungle war adventure
Leofwine_draca22 October 2016
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The first film in the Rambo series, FIRST BLOOD, was a taut and realistic thriller that used the plight of Vietnam veterans as a basis for a survival adventure film. The sequel, RAMBO: FIRST BLOOD PART II, is an all-out-action, over-the-top jungle adventure film that uses the plight of Vietnam veterans and POWs as a basis for an OTT thrill ride. Made in the same year as the similarly outrageous COMMANDO, this is very much a 'guy' film – it's over-the-top, frequently unbelievable, and packed with all manner of violence and mayhem to get crowds whooping. It may not be very politically correct, and yes, it may glorify violence – but it makes for one heck of a watch!

Stallone has long been a favourite of mine and he once again shows why he's such a top star. Physically, he's a man mountain who you believe can easily wipe out a Vietcong jungle outpost single-handedly. Emotionally, he runs deep, using his eyes to transmit his feelings in a low key turn. I've loved jungle films for as long as I can remember and this film makes great use of them as we watch Rambo tracking and eliminating his enemies one at a time.

Much of the action is saved for the unbelievable final half hour, in which the carnage reaches outlandish levels as Rambo uses rocket launchers, exploding arrows, a helicopter, and his trusty machine gun to tackle the enemy. A supporting cast of dependables putting in decent turns – Crenna, Napier, Berkoff – adds to the fun. My only complaint is with the music, which is frequently underused. A loud, stirring soundtrack of the kind featured in RAMBO (2008) would have enhanced this film no end, but they frequently miss the cues. Nevertheless RAMBO: FIRST BLOOD PART II is a film you can really get your teeth into: light, airy, full of explosions and death. They don't make 'em like this any more, God bless 'em.
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Murdock.......I'm coming for you......
FlashCallahan21 August 2016
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Patriotic beyond belief, this is basically Rambo goes back to Vietnam to win the war, and although it's absolutely bonkers, and begs you to suspend disbelief, it's still a lot of fun....

Due to the events he caused in Jerkwater U.S.A, former Green Beret John Rambo is serving time in a federal prison.

When the US military hears of American soldiers missing in action from the Vietnam war possibly still being alive and held captive, Colonel Trautman is authorised to send Rambo in to rescue them.

For Rambo, this is what he would do best. If only the men in suits would stop getting in his way.......

1985 was one wonderful year for Stallone. He scored big with this and his other franchise, and he was officially the biggest star in Hollywood. Now if you go back to these films and see them again, they are both patriotic propaganda, but this one really goes for broke.

Nothing really much happens for the first 30 minutes, it's just a bunch of Basil Expositon, it's only when we hit Vietnam that the party really starts.

The script is hilarious, Crenna basically spends the majority of the film telling Napier just how bad Rambo can be, Napier sweats a lot, and Stallone flexes, and slaughters almost everything in sight.

It almost verges on parody, and I'm sure if you edited scenes from Hot Shot! Part Deux into this film, you wouldn't be able to pinpoint the difference.

But no matter how silly the film is, it's just too much fin to dislike. From Hollywood go to bad guy circa 83-85 Stephen Berkoff's crazy Russian pantomime villain, to the wonderfully hilarious blowing up the bad guy with an arrow, this movie proves why Stallone was so big in the eighties.

He just wanted to entertain, albeit in the most bizarre manner.

Rubbish, but so enjoyable.
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First Blood Part II
adonis98-743-1865037 June 2016
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Rambo: First Blood Part 2 is basically Stallone's Commando version since it came out in the same year with Schwarzenegger's John Matrix Classic. What really surprises me is that Commando got a 69% on RT but this one got a 29% i believe and it's basically the same film a one man army type of film with Sly going crazy upon Vietnam and then Murdock. Trautman also returns for the sequel by the side of John Rambo since a whole conspiracy has been made upon him when the Russians get into this whole war too. Rambo 2 is my 2nd favorite in the Series and has some really cool action scenes and one liners. First Blood Part II is Awesometacular!!!
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Vietnam War Parable Part II
sol-19 March 2016
Sent back to Vietnam on a reconnaissance mission under explicit instructions to just observe and report, John Rambo finds himself compelled to intervene after finding mistreated US prisoners of war in this violent sequel to 'First Blood'. The dynamics are vastly different this time with Rambo initiating dozens of kills. The antagonists are also less complex, as opposed to in the first film where Rambo has to protect himself from the prejudiced policemen of his own country. That said, the film carries forward the original's resentment over the reception of Vietnam War veterans very well. Rambo describes himself as expendable, but the POWs are even more expendable, and there is much to ponder when it is revealed that his mission is a box-ticking exercise for the government in order that they can say that they are looking for missing soldiers. In short, this is a more intelligent film than one might expect, if a heavily flawed one. The carnage is even more extreme this time round with whole human beings exploding (!) and Rambo's ability to escape everything unscathed is even more unlikely this time round. There is also an awkward romance and the Communist villains are downright campy, especially Steven Berkoff's Russian officer assisting the North Vietnamese. The film has more virtues than vices overall though; the film's Oscar nomination for Sound Effects Editing is particularly well deserved with all those electrocution noises and excellent background ambiance. Charles Napier is also perfectly slimy as the closest the film has to an American antagonist.
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To survive a war, you gotta become war...
Paul Magne Haakonsen3 February 2016
"Rambo: First Blood Part II" is a great step up in pace from the first movie "First Blood" from 1982. Director George P. Cosmatos managed to take the contents of the first movie and bring it back in part two, but also managed to spice it up quite a lot from the first movie.

What worked out so well for "Rambo: First Blood Part II" was the fact that the movie took place in the jungle, where Rambo is now tracking down American POWs left behind. And it is so obviously clear that the Rambo character is right at home in a jungle setting.

The story told in "Rambo: First Blood Part II" is somewhat of a continuation from the the first movie, but not a direct continuation. John Rambo is freed from prison on terms that he has to go to the jungles of Vietnam to look for American POWs left behind in hidden camps.

There is a lot of action in this 1985 sequel and director George P. Cosmatos kicks off the movie into high gear almost from the very beginning, and the movie never really slows down. And the director managed to keep the movie interesting all throughout the course of the entire movie. So thumbs up to the director on that accomplishment.

The cast list in "Rambo: First Blood Part II" was quite good, as it also was in the 1982 prequel. The cast list for part II included Richard Crenna (playing Col. Samuel Trautman), Charles Napier (playing Marshall Murdock), Steven Berkoff (playing Lt. Col. Podovsky) and Martin Kove (playing Ericson). And of course there is Sylvester Stallone in the iconic John Rambo character.

If you enjoy action movies, then this 1985 movie is definitely a worthy addition to your movie collection. And if you were growing up during the 1980's then you should be more than familiar with "Rambo: First Blood Part II" already. And if you are not, then you should take the time to watch it, because it is an entertaining movie.
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Nothing Like First Blood, But I Love It Anyway
slightlymad227 January 2016
Continuing my plan to watch every Sly Stallone movie in order, I come to Rambo: First Blood Part 2.

Plot In A Paragraph: Colonel Trautman (Richard Crenna) pulls some strings to get Rambo (Stallone) released from prison and reinstated into Special Forces, to go on a covert mission back to Vietnam, in search of proof they are still holding American POW's.

This movie is nothing like its predecessor, which I rated a 10/10, it's so far removed from it, they should have dropped the 'First Blood Part 2' part of the title and simply called it 'Rambo'. First Blood was a tight thriller with some bits of action here and there, with politics (about how America treated its soldiers returning from Vietnam) in there too. This movie is an over the top, patriotic red, white and blue flag waving action movie that has Rambo killing 74 people (as opposed to 1 in 'First Blood') as the one man army once again goes on the rampage. And I love it. When I was younger this was my favourite Rambo movie, and I still have a massive soft spot for it.

Stallone has never looked better than he does here, he is in the best shape we have seen him so far. He is once again backed up by the brilliant Richard Crenna (How did this man not get more work?) Julia Nickson is absolutely gorgeous (and is the reason I developed a bit of a fetish for oriental women) and does a great job. Charles Napier is perfectly cast as Murdoch (who gets of lightly in my opinion) unlike an under used Martin Kove who takes the brunt (Or end of a machine gun) of Rambo's anger.

Whilst the one man army does take some believing, most are killed one of one, with Rambo sneaking about the jungle (like First Blood) slowly disposing of them. It's not a thinking movie, but it is an enjoyable one.

Once again Stallone made changes and extensively rewrote the script. This time, one wrote by James Cameron (Terminator, T2, Aliens) who claims hardly anything of his screenplay was left in the final movie. Stallone had done this on every movie since 'Rocky' if he didn't write the movie, he made changes to the script to suit him.
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"You're the only one I trust."
juneebuggy4 January 2016
Say what you will this is still a pretty great movie, not sure why the critics hate it so much. I hadn't seen it in years and had an excellent time watching it again, just a classic. John J Rambo is such a fantastic character; silent, abused, angry and tortured. The movie is filled with extreme action sequences and the body count is high but its kinda awesome. It's also a much bigger movie than 'First Blood' in every way; bigger budget, bigger stakes, bigger body count, bigger hair and muscles.

I will admit that at first it did feel a little on the cheesy side, as most of those 80's action movies do now, filled with big bright explosions, bodies being thrown through the air, our hero in tight fitting jeans but its stood up pretty well considering.

Part ll finds John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) doing hard time in jail when his former boss, Col. Troutman (Richard Crenna), shows up and offers him a deal. The US government needs someone to travel to Vietnam and try to find American prisoners of war, if Rambo agrees his criminal record will be expunged. Rambo takes the assignment but his anger reaches explosive levels when it turns out that the whole mission is just PR, he's not actually supposed to find any prisoners. Fueled by fury, he rounds up the POWs and the action reaches explosive levels as he then takes on both the Russian and Vietnamese armies.

There were several things I loved about this movie; the use of the crossbow, that Rambo was shirtless for half of it (Sly looks amazing). I loved that he got to be in love for a whole 2 minutes "You not expendable Rambo". There are also some great helicopter stunts, the torture scene is pretty cool, a good bad guy with the Russian and although Rambo never says much when he does look out, this is filled with some great one-liners. And that ending I loved that he just walks off ... "How will you live?" "Day by day." 12/15/15
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A Hollywood Attempt To Abstract Little Glory From The War America Lost!
CinemaClown16 November 2015
The second instalment in the Rambo film franchise, Rambo: First Blood Part II may lack the intricate themes of the original that turned it into an instant classic right away but certainly goes big with its action set pieces by packing in more explosions & body counts and takes the "one man army" approach a tad too far.

First Blood Part II continues the story of John Rambo and picks up from where it signed off in the previous chapter. The plot finds Rambo released from prison for a top-secret mission that requires him to return to Vietnam in order to document the possible existence of POWs but he soon finds out the real motive behind this covert operation.

Directed by George P. Cosmatos, First Blood Part II is so much intent on presenting Rambo as an unstoppable & invincible force that it completely discards the human complexities of his and only focuses on his action figure persona. Sure the movie is more action-packed in content but the story definitely doesn't cut as deep as it did the first time.

The technical aspects are finely executed, the action is bigger in scale, and it's surprisingly engaging to an extent but it's also very predictable & generic and the only thing that makes it worth sitting through is Sylvester Stallone's impressive input. All the action segments are clearly captured by its camera, its 96 mins of runtime is steadily paced & Jerry Goldsmith's score nicely compliments the unfolding events.

On an overall scale, Rambo: First Blood Part II is inferior to its predecessor in almost every filmmaking department yet it finishes as an enjoyable, entertaining & action-packed sequel that further solidifies Stallone's star power and also contributes in elevating the character of Rambo into a cultural icon. A Hollywood attempt to abstract little American glory from the war it lost, First Blood Part II deserves a watch or two for its old-school action alone.
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No man, no law, no war can stop John Rambo.
The Grand Master28 October 2015
Nobody can deny that Rambo: First Blood Part II is still an enjoyable action movie to watch 30 years on. This time audiences are cheering that the now iconic John Rambo waging a one man war on the bad guys. First Blood (1982) saw a tormented John Rambo symbolically wage war on society following his mistreatment from the small town sheriff's who dismissed him as just another drifter supposedly seen as a troublemaker. This time, John Rambo has the chance to redeem himself.

Rambo: First Blood Part II opens with John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) in prison after the events of the first movie. While hard at work with prison labour, his former commander Colonel Sam Trautman (the late Richard Crenna) visits Rambo and offers Rambo a top secret mission in exchange for a pardon. The mission: to locate American POW's in Vietnam which have since been long forgotten. Rambo accepts the mission, which is being spearheaded by the condescending and seemingly corrupt bureaucrat Marshal Murdock (the late Charles Napier) who insists Rambo only take pictures and not engage the enemy under any circumstances. After Rambo parachutes behind enemy lines, Rambo is aided by an allied Vietnamese fighter Co-Bao (Julia Nickson) in his mission to locate American POW's. When Rambo and Co-Bao successfully locate the long forgotten POW's, Rambo is left behind to be captured by the enemy after Murdock orders his mercenaries Ericson (Martin Kove) and Lifer (Steve Williams) to abort the mission. Murdock the embarrassment of Rambo's discovery. After Rambo escapes the sadistic clutches of Vietnamese Captain Vinh (Dana Lee) and his Russian comrade, Lieutenant Colonel Padovsky (Steven Berkoff at his best as the icy villain). While Rambo mows down the enemy left, right and center in his single minded mission to rescue the POW's, he also swears vengeance on Murdock for leaving him behind enemy lines in order to save his own backside.

Sylvester Stallone is at his butt kicking best as John Rambo. Sylvester Stallone also co wrote the movie with James Cameron (The Terminator, Aliens). The rest of the case support the movie well. Richard Crenna makes a welcome return as Colonel Trautman, Julia Nickson's acting is a bit hokey as Rambo's allied Vietnamese fighter, Charles Napier and Steven Berkoff both make quality villains, but the real star of the movie is Sylvester Stallone as Rambo. Jerry Goldsmith's energetic score is a real pleasure to hear which adds another exciting dimension to the movie.

Forget all the negative reviews surrounding Rambo: First Blood Part II , it's still a pleasure to watch many years later and we will still cheer on John Rambo giving it to the bad guys on screen.

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Never mess with Rambo!
OllieSuave-0071 September 2015
Sylvester Stallone returns one of his most iconic roles, playing Vietnam Veteran John Rambo, who this time returns to Vietnam under orders to take pictures of POWs there. However, Rambo is bent on helping to release them.

Stallone as Rambo proves he is a force to be reckoned with, wiping away enemy combatants left and right as he displays his very formidable set of fighting and survival skills. It was satisfying seeing him deal with these merciless and sadistic creeps like sadistic Vietnamese Captain Vinh (Dana Lee) and his Russian comrade, Lieutenant Colonel Padovsky (Steven Berkoff). Berkoff has always played the part of the lead villain in his movies, and his role is this one makes you continue to love to hate his character.

In addition to the rescue mission, Rambo must also face corruption from his fellow government officials, which adds onto the suspense in the story, and shows that he is one human being that nobody should mess with.

Filmed in a fast pace with plenty of action and tension, it is certainly one of Stallone's most intense performances, in a film that truly depicts some of the horror of the Vietnam War, but also how determined a soldier can get to not leave fellow comrades behind. Despite some of the cheesy acting, it's a very good action flick for some edge-of-your-seat excitement.

Grade B
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Good action movie
grantss3 August 2015
Good action movie.

Our hero, John Rambo (played by Sylvester Stallone, of course), is in jail after his adventures in Rambo 1. He is released to go on a special top-secret solo mission to Vietnam. His task: photograph Vietnamese POW camps and prove that US POWs are still being held in Vietnam, several years after the war ended.

Decent plot, even if it hardly Citizen Kane. Some good twists and double-dealings. Obviously it is all about the action and here the movie delivers in spades.

Solid work by Stallone in the lead role. Good support from Richard Crenna and the gorgeous Julia Nickson.

I enjoyed this more than the first one. First one drifted after a point but this stays focused the whole way through.
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"Do we get to win this time?"
utgard1422 July 2015
Extremely fun sequel to First Blood takes things in a bit more of a comic bookish direction than the first film but it's undeniably entertaining. John Rambo heads back to Vietnam to find POWs and winds up fighting the Vietnamese, the Russians, and an American bureaucrat (Charles Napier). This is one of the all-time great movie sequels. Many consider it to be even better than the first one. It's certainly a lot of fun but I think the first one can be enjoyed on a more serious level than this, while still being entertaining. This one is just sheer popcorn fun. The script, co-written by James Cameron, is full of memorable lines and scenes, with great characters brought to life by a fine cast. Sylvester Stallone and Richard Crenna return from the first movie; both are excellent. Charles Napier makes for an especially slimy villain. Steven Berkoff, George Cheung, Voyo Goric, and Martin 'Cobra Kai' Kove play stereotypical but colorful baddies. Beautiful Julia Nickson steals every scene she's in as Rambo's bad-ass partner and potential love interest. Good score from Jerry Goldsmith. Solid direction from George P. Cosmatos with cinematography from the legendary Jack Cardiff.

This movie put Rambo out there as a cultural icon and, in that way, it does surpass the original. Following this there were Rambo toys, a cartoon series, video games, and comic books. If you were a little boy in the '80s, chances are you were a Rambo fan. Many people don't care for this movie and it goes beyond the usual "too good for action movies" film snob crowd. As with the Missing in Action series, a lot is made from certain corners about how these types of movies were offensive to the families of real POWs. I don't agree because I find nothing inherently offensive about fictional stories using real-life events, nor am I quick to find something in everything to be upset about like some are. What is fantasy without wish fulfillment, after all, and how many people back then wished our government had handled the war and the POW situation differently?

Anyway, this is an exciting actioner that I think few fans of such movies will find fault with. It's well-crafted and certainly good-looking. The action scenes are wonderful. Yeah there are improbabilities, contrivances, and a high cheese factor. But it's all just so much fun I really don't think you will care much. It's the '80s action movie by which all other '80s action movies are judged.
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its OK not upto the mark as the first one.
yashrajs5366 July 2015
"First blood part 2" a.k.a "Rambo 2" a second film in the Rambo series is average film I didn't like it as a first one was.

I liked the first one and that was the most awesome film in the series but acting by Sylvester was good other supporting actors were OK the plot looked similar to the first one but the techniques of Rambo hiding in the jungle and all was more good as the first one.

The action was good as the Rambo film is expected to be but it fails to give a excitement as the first one had given to me!!!

Overall the fil was good at its place but not interesting as the first one.But i appreciate Sylvester in this movie.
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Reagan-Era Wet Dream
jmillerdp27 June 2015
After the great "First Blood," the Rambo series immediately sinks into complete jingoism with this thoroughly absurd sequel. Here, it is the obsession with "winning" The Vietnam War for war-hungry conservatives who were too gutless to ever go into battle themselves.

And, that includes screenwriters Stallone and James Cameron, who get sucked into the whole Reagan-era obsession with winning, even if it is a war that was as close to un-winnable as you can get. The United States could have given every drop of blood we had. But, the South Vietnamese just didn't have the passion needed to fight for their own country. So, no matter how hard we fought, there was never a solid foundation to build anything upon. That's why the south fell the second we left.

It doesn't matter that tens of thousands of American soldiers died fighting. For the Reagan types, it was all about putting one in the win column, nothing more. The Reagan era was all about their belief that the world was purely black and white, instead of the infinite shades of gray that it actually is.

That's why it's tough to divorce the premise of this movie from its action, its filmmaking, etc. All of it is competently carried out. And, it's all carried out quickly, because Stallone wanted a brief 90-minute run time. That way, the maximum number of showings could be made each day, and the most money could be made.

Film composer Jerry Goldsmith came out best here, with another excellent action movie score.

**** (4 Out of 10 Stars)
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Stallone returns as action crazy as before
willcundallreview18 April 2015

Rambo: First Blood Part II is a Rambo sequel film full of action, explosions and a very crazy solo mission. It's good old action and there's no denying it has it's exciting moments, although to be fair it is kind of over the top and when you have too much of that, it can seem crazy and wildly directed and acted etc. Although without the OTT this movie wouldn't be what it is, so all credit for not giving up on the action, and trying to make it something it's not.

I felt the acting here was poor, and not only with Sylvester Stallone, although Stallone never really gives a convincing performance and his only redeeming factor is how good he is fighting here. Richard Crenna returns and although he delivers well, he also feels a little unconvincing, it almost feels like it's all been seen before or something along those lines. Charles Napier as Murdoch is the same again, just unconvincing, but to be fair when it comes to this movie, the acting really is all down to Stallone as he really is the solo star of this movie.

Despite the acting the action quota is pretty thrilling and can actually really excite you after a little bit of getting into it, this is truly one for the action movie super fan. The plot is half decent and provides at the least an interesting story for us to go off, it provides thrills, fighting of the most intense and most of all, one man trying to fend off many many others. I wasn't always too sure of the plot though, the ending is kind of rushed and the start can feel a little slow although at least the movie just jumps straight into what Rambo is meant to do for the rest of the movie.

The script is written by Stallone and James Cameron, quite a mix but one that actually comes out OK, the script feels real enough and despite maybe the action scenes, the movie is well researched and well informed. I think one reason it is like that is because you have human action man Stallone writing half and then a director and writer like James Cameron who can make the movie seem more human like and actually slightly more realistic.

I liked the stunts here, again they are kind of OTT and can seem like "how did he get out of that one" but still they are well done in any case. Sometimes the camera work can make the stunts seem a little worse or less dramatic, and it is also the case that some stunts seem unrealistic or just for the sake of making a massive stunt, good nevertheless but would have been nice actually to have slightly died it down just a little.

A lot goes on in the movie and they fit everything well into the running time, it feel strange because it can also feel like Rambo does a hell of a lot but in no time at all. It keeps you going I will say and not always in a bad way, it never lets you guess the end and although the action never quite makes this that that believable, it still makes you guess how it will end.

Overall I thought it was below average but solidly there, it isn't terrible by any means at all but just not executed well enough to be OK or more. I think they tried too hard to up the ante from "First Blood" but end up making an action film filled to the brim with well, action. Well worth a watch for action movie fans, won't stay with you long after but still is a good go at crazy action.
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