"MERCENARIES and MISSIONARIES"
In my younger years First Blood
was one of my favorite movies. The movie has substance, style, and
story. John Rambo returns from Vietnam only to be bullied by some small
town local cops. When push comes to shove Rambo is forced to survive
after first blood is drawn.
First Blood although vicious and
extremely violent has some level of sanity and moral conviction. Only
two people die in the entire movie and both by accident.
Stallone's success with the return of Rocky people have begun to turn
there heads once again to the aging icon. Sylvester ties on the head
band, sharpens his knife, feathers his arrows, and returns for one
final blood bath. And let me be the first to tell you, this movie is a
blood bath. I haven't seen gun violence like this since Saving Private
Ryan. It's like people just POP!
Rambo now lives deep within
jungles south of the war zone Burma. To earn his living Rambo catches
snakes for local entertainment. When a group of missionaries hire Rambo
to take them up river Stallone reluctantly goes at the pleas of a
beautiful young woman trying to save the world. After leaving Stallone
it's to no surprise that the missionaries are kidnapped by the local
military. Now Rambo is hired by the Pastor to guide a group of
mercenaries into the heart of hell to save his lost flock.
movie is ridiculous. As mentioned before I've never seen people take
bullets like this. Where as in Saving Private Ryan you flinch and
cry... in the theater of Rambo you cheer and smile. It's an odd thing
There is no doubt that Stallone has created one
of the better action movies of the last couple years. The fight
choreography was intense, exciting, and well done. The gore and blood
play rivals any gushing horror movie. Decapitation, split in half,
disembowelment, fed to pigs, amputation, arrow to the face, popped,
splattered, exploded...you name it, it happened.
Notice I've not
been critiquing or praising acting, story, or dialog. That's because
these elements are buried deep within a river of blood. Just a vehicle
to take us into war.
One element I enjoyed but was surprised to
experience was the mercenaries. I expected it to be a one man
war...Rambo verses the world. Once these characters were introduced
things in the story got a little more interesting. These men were
interesting and I enjoyed watching them interact with loner John Rambo.
don't now how to rate my final conclusion of the movie. A primal part
of me enjoyed the action and another part of me is done with this kind
of senseless violence. As far as a "film" goes Rambo provides
impressive action. As far a "entertainment" goes I might try to protect
my eyes from so much ravenous violence. It begins to eat at the soul.