Rambo: First Blood Part II

BBB

(out of 5)


Your favourite German/Native action hero is back, this time taking to the fields of Vietnam and winning the war that the rest of his country lost. Sprung from prison on special circumstances, Rambo () is enlisted by a crooked army official () and his trusted buddy () to head back into southeast Asia and take photos of prisoner-of-war camps for the purposes of pure reconnaissance, no offensive action. Naturally, with the muscles Sly barely conceals under his bikini of a tank top, there’s no way he’s going to go about his business without firing off a few rounds, particularly when he starts to suspect that the entire mission is a set-up targeted at him. Keeping him company is a Vietnamese peasant girl (, actually a half British, half Chinese actress who is never for a second believable as a pidgin English speaker) who helps him in his hairier situations and provides the love interest that all 80s action movie stars need.  Beautifully photographed by the great Jack Cardiff and featuring a consistent (if dull) performance by Stallone, this one is far too short and uninvolving to be really great entertainment. If you like the mindless gunplay you’ll have a good time, but people looking for gut-wrenching (or at least interesting) suspense in between all the explosions will be sorely dissatisfied. Sequel to 1982’s First Blood, later followed by Rambo III in 1988.


USA, 1985

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Academy Awards 1985

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