Monday, April 24, 2006

They drew first blood, not me.....

In this film Sylvester Stallone’s character is a Vietnam veteran by the name of John Rmabo, who becomes alienated from society when he returns home from the war. The horrible treatment he receives from the townspeople and the local police cause him to retaliate and retreat into the wilderness. Authorities actively pursue him and reinforcement is brought in consisting of dozens of men and Rambo’s former colonel. This tale of an outsider quickly becomes an underdog story, but who the underdog actually is may be somewhat of a question. Rambo is extremely clever and covert and seems to avoid and disarm the officers with ease as he moves through the forest.

The ethical issues in this film are also interesting because Rambo’s actions could be considered unethical. He breaks the law and constantly puts the officers who hunt him in danger, however he never intentionally kills anyone. The only death he could be considered directly responsible for is the officer who falls out of the helicopter while trying to shoot him. Rambo also displays much reluctance in killing the enemies he comes in contact with, and usually resorts to injuring or disarming them. The actions of the police are also questionable and essentially illegal in some cases, such as when they abuse Rambo when he is arrested at the beginning of the film.

Overall, I enjoyed the film. It has an interesting plot and lots of exciting action scenes. It’s awesome to see Rambo is able to engage a force that is much more numerous and equipped than he is.

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