“First Blood,” starring Sylvester Stallone, is one of the rare movies that has created a character that is today known the world over. Telling the tale of a Vietnam vet with special skills who is unwittingly pushed into a corner by a stereotypical redneck sheriff, this is one action movie that is a must see. Not only does it have fantastic action seems, but also a tense psychological dramatic element as well.
Our fable commences with a wanderer, a veteran of the Vietnam opposition wandering into a tiny city. On the outside of town, he is met with some law who tell him that his variety is not welcome in this city. Drifters are not allowed, as they are perceived as parasites who will sap the cities resources without giving anything back. After giving him the warning, the police leave him, and think that is that.
But, our central character, John Rambo, shows up once more in town, and is arrested. He gets booked, and thrown into the county lockup. But he doesn’t imply any harm, and he hasn’t yet shattered any laws. He just sought after something to eat, and a warm place to sleep. He may appear a little slow, but we feel for him, as the police seem to be mistreating him.
Then there is a combat, and the police chief steps over the line. And slightly injures this outwardly big brute. Drawing first blood, the sheriff has opened a can of worms he will rapidly regret, likely for the rest of his life. Because John Rambo is a exceedingly taught eradicator, and well outfitted to control any kind of opposition, and come out on top.
This starts the core of the film. One lone man, John Rambo, is pressed into a corner, and he responds with the only way he knows how. He retreats into the close by hills, and quickly finds himself in his element. Skilled to endure, to chase, and to murder. The police immediately appreciate that they have their hands full, and bring in as many officers as they can.
Then an army Colonel shows up, and claims that he was Rambo’s commanding officer during the Vietnam hostilities. The police incorrectly believe he is there to protect his charge from the police. But they have it the other way around. Rambo’s CO is there to bring him back before he does permanent harm to the entire police force. He is there to save the police force from Rambo, not the other way around. We go after John Rambo through the wasteland, and watch him combat his own psychological demons in one rare show that has created one of he most well known action heroes of our time. If you haven’t seen this movie, you must, as it is an example of incredible film making, acting, and directing.