First Blood (1982)

Film: First Blood
Release: 1982, theatrical
Starring: Richard Crenna, Sylvester Stallone, Brian Dennehy
Directed by: Ted Kotcheff
Next in the series: Rambo: First Blood Part II
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Description: A Vietnam war veteran comes to a small town, but is quickly arrested for loitering by the local authorities. His arrest tricker his Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and it quickly becomes a one-man battle against the world

Hans' thoughts:

This movie really has some pretty imagery to go for it, which is the first thing you'll notice when you watch it. Big scenic pictures of nature. Stallone also does a very good job, albeit he speaks a little low so I'm wondering how the movie felt to the theatrical audience in America back in the day. Then again, this might have been a problem with my television but I'm mentioning it anyway. Hurray for subtitles. Honestly I feel that Stallone was a better actor back in the day when he did this one and the first Rocky. The feel of the movie is also very quiet, a lot quieter than what you normally associate with a Rambo movie these days. The death count is also barely there (I counted 1). Looking back today with the knowledge that First Blood would spawn one of the most violent action movie franchises out there, it is almost surreal. This movie also gets it's message across clear and to the point, but without getting too preachy and shoving it in our faces. I feel they made the other sides make their own points, as invalid as they may seem.

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