Thursday, November 16, 2006
First Blood (1982)
First Blood is the story of John Rambo, played by Sylvester Stallone, who is a Vietnam war veteran wandering throught the northeastern United States. The film starts with him going to the house of one of his friends in the war, only to find out that he has recently passed away. He then goes into a small town and is picked up by the sherriff. After a small tussle, a sequence of events puts Rambo in the wilderness, hunted by the police, army and the national guard. Because he was a green beret in Vietnam, Rambo is able to live off the wilderness and battle with everyone that tries to catch him.
After dodging the law in the wild and escaping death on more than one occasion, Rambo takes the one man war into town. He takes the police station, kills the sheriff and is ready to fight the army before Colonol Traughtman, who was his commanding officer in the war stops him. Rambo ends up breaking down in front of him, telling him how hard it is to go on living after the war. He finally surrenders and is taken away by the Colonol.
This movie is very well done, with a great storyline along with intense action. Adapted from David Morells 1972 novel and directed by Ted Kotcheff, First Blood is not only an action film, but a look at the hardships in the lives of Vietnam Vets after the war.