Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.
USA, 1988. Carolco Pictures. Screenplay by Sylvester Stallone, Sheldon Lettich, based on characters created by David Morrell. Cinematography by John Stanier. Produced by Buzz Feitshans. Music by Jerry Goldsmith. Production Design by Bill Kenney. Costume Design by Richard La Motte. Film Editing by O. Nicholas Brown, Andrew London, James R. Symons, Edward Warshilka.
Richard Crenna catches up with Sylvester Stallone‘s John Rambo in the far east where he is laying low as a competitive fighter. Crenna wants to enlist his old friend’s services to help him perform a rescue mission in Afghanistan, which is suffering under Soviet invasion and the violence of the subsequent fighting that has occurred. It’s only natural that Rambo’s talents should be in demand again, he did after all win the Vietnam war single-handedly in the last film. Our hero says no at first, but when he learns that his old boss has been captured by the enemy and is in danger for his life, he once again straps on the world’s skimpiest tank top, lets his hockey hair down and takes the first plane to the middle east. It would be highly impractical for one to complain about the empty-headed nature of this second sequel to First Blood, but what’s actually missing here is not sense and reason but the empty-headed fun. Given that it is tapping into actual recent headline events, the film takes on a self-important air and unnecessarily tries to justify its cartoonish plotting, which is really just an opportunity for tons of gory violence and loud explosions. The style and suspense of the original are long gone into the past by this point.