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"NOTHING IS OVER..........NOTHING"
on 25 August 2016
People often ask me why review old films that we already know are great. Ill tell you why. Because I love films and to do a quick review enables me to show a bit of affection for the movies I have loved all my life. One of of them being First Blood amongst many many others.
This classic is a pefect example of a Vietnam vet movie in which the very troubled Green Beret is still struggling with the civilian world many years after the war ended. John Rambo is still fighting a war.....in his head.
First Blood is by far the best charecter Sylvester Stallone has created since Rocky Balboa, bringing a real sense of vulnerability and depth that most actors perhaps could not with this type of film. Yes John Rambo did change slightly with the second and third film but was back to basics in the fouth film which I think is way up there with First Blood and one of the best action films ever.
First Blood though is simply wonderful and more of a drama than an action film when you look deeper into it. Stallone does a cracking job acting with pure conviction to the role. The ending is brilliant where John Rambo breaks down releasing his demons to Col Trautman. Some of the best acting I think Sly has ever pulled off. That scene even brings a lump to my throat.
The flash backs to Nam are realistic and horrific when you seevRambo being cut across the chest. And the scene where Rambo picks up the smashed bloody dead body of the police officer bully who falls from the chopper onto the rocks below. Sly looks disturbed as he stares into the dead eyes of the cop, with the music used in the flash back scenes building. What I love about that scene is that we don't get to see the image in Rambo's mind but Slys face says it all. God only knows what is going on in Rambo's head.
From the very first scene with the opening Jerry Goldsmith theme to the end credits with the fairly cheesy 80's balad the film never really let's up. Everything works perfectly.
So if you don't own a copy of First Blood then the Bluray is the copy to get because it's loaded with informative extras. The steel book is a nice edition and the limited edition granada box set with all four films is an absolute must.
I'm slighty mad as I own all of the films on steel book, the grenade, the DVDs with the original art work and a VHS box set of Rambo 1-3 that is still sealed.
I keep hearing that Stallone is going to make a 5th Rambo film called Last Blood. How true it is I don't know but fingers crossed.