The two problems I have with this highly intelligent experience is that John Hambone keeps leading the enemy soldiers in pursuit through populated areas. He is putting innocent Vietnamese villagers at risk from gunfire. Why did he not consider the safety of the innocent villagers? He also killed a chicken. _What gave him the right to slaughter the chicken?_ Other than these minor gripes - this highly intelligent film will please most intellectual viewers seeking something more than a basic, gung ho action film.
Not Expendable! Rambo: First Blood Part II is directed by George Pan Cosmatos and collectively written by David Morrell, Kevin Jarre (characters), Sylvester Stallone and James Cameron. It stars Stallone, Richard Crenna, Charles Napier, Steven Berkoff, Julia Nickson and Martin Kove. Music is by Jerry Goldsmith and cinematography by Jack Cardiff. The sequel to 1982's First Blood, this finds Vietnam Veteran John Rambo released from prison on proviso he undertakes a special mission back into Vietnam to find proof of American POWs still being illegally held captive there... OK! It's all very implausible and cartoon like, and of course now it's very un-PC, pulsing with stereotypes and indicative of the Reagan era 1980s. It also lacks the character depth of the first film, reducing Rambo, the scarred and bitter war veteran at the iconic core of the franchise, to merely being a robotic killing machine. However, it's an action fan's dream, where even as the flag waving patriotic fervour hangs heavy, it's an explosive pic that thrills and excites from first frame till last. 7.5/10
_**Comic book action flick about Rambo going back to Vietnam**_ The imprisoned Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) is offered a mission by Col. Trautman (Richard Crenna) to go back to his old stomping grounds in ’Nam to see if there are any living American POWs. Charles Napier, Martin Kove, Julia Nickson and Steven Berkoff are included in the peripheral cast. “Rambo: First Blood Part II” (1985) contains what you would want from a Rambo flick: A muscular protagonist, a one-man-army scenario, a noble cause and loads of action, particular of the jungle warfare variety. It also has a quality cast, fabulous locations and a moving score. Unfortunately it’s marred by a glaring comic book vibe that spurs chuckles throughout, which is disappointing for fans of the outstanding first film. However, if you can acclimate, “Rambo II” can be enjoyed as a serious adventure, albeit thoroughly comic booky. It’s entertaining for what it is, but it’s my least favorite of the franchise. The next movie (1988) is more-of-the-same, albeit set in Afghanistan. The film runs 1 hour, 36 minutes, and was shot in Mexico (Guerrero, Sierra Madre del Sur de Chiapas & Sierra Madre del Sur de Oaxaca). GRADE: B-/C+
Confined during Uncle Sam's pleasure, "John Rambo" (Sylvester Stallone) is offered a chance of freedom by his former CO "Trautman" (Richard Crenna) but that means his return to Vietnam where he must try to rescue some POWs. It's not exactly a sanctioned operation, so he knows that it's risky - he will have little support from his own side and can expect a great deal of peril as the jungle, the VC and brutal megalomanic "Podovsky" (Steven Berkoff) stand in his way. Although it is quite well stitched together, and it doesn't hang about, I found the jeopardy of this film completely lacking. The usually reliable Berkoff is just too much of an ham right from the start of his sparing appearances and neither Crenna nor Charles Napier's "Murdock" add much to the mix either. The predictable ending as our agile, bullet-proof strongman strives to free his colleagues and deal with a bit of betrayal/duplicity from within his own camp - though accompanied by plenty of stealth, rocket-fire, pyrotechnics and explosions - is all just a bit jaded. The photography and action scenes do benefit from a big screen, if you can, but neither the acting nor the really stilted dialogue are going to have you gripped. Sorry - not a patch on the original film.
The invasion of a village in Byelorussia by German forces sends young Florya into the forest to join the weary Resistance fighters, against his family's wishes. There he meets a girl, Glasha, who accompanies him back to his village. On returning home, Florya finds his family and fellow peasants massacred. His continued survival amidst the brutal debris of war becomes increasingly nightmarish, a battle between despair and hope.
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China is in unrest, as the Republic falls prey to Warlords like Kahn Xin, who holds an entire province hostage to the opium trade—and destroys all who oppose him. Only the revered Wudang monks dare stand in Kahn’s way in order to protect the very soul of China. Among them is the Westerner, White Crane, a spiritual master of the martial arts and protector of the innocent. Revenge is not in Crane’s heart—until a mercenary army storms the temple and slaughters the beloved female Grandmaster Myling. Out of the ashes of the temple ruins, Crane rises—with vengeance in his heart. Crane comes upon Jane Marshall, a New York lounge singer and her gangster boss Bingo Quo. But it’s Bingo’s dangerous professional ties to Kahn that draw both Crane and Jane deep into the Warlord’s lair. Now torn between the spiritual Wudang teaching and the cold-blooded life of an assassin, Crane is about the cross the fine line between justice and revenge.
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Yeung and Kwok are best friends whose wives become pregnant around the same time. Yeung's wife, Pao Sik-yeuk, finds a wounded man hidden in the barn and secretly helps him. He turns out to be a foreign Prince and disaster follows. The sons are then scattered with one growing up in the Prince's kingdom and the other in Mongolia. Now grown, they go out into the world and discover the secret details of their lives.
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Jigsaw and his apprentice Amanda are dead. Now, upon the news of Detective Kerry's murder, two seasoned FBI profilers, Agent Strahm and Agent Perez, arrive in the terrified community to assist the veteran Detective Hoffman in sifting through Jigsaw's latest grisly remains and piecing together the puzzle. However, when SWAT Commander Rigg is abducted and thrust into a game, the last officer untouched by Jigsaw has but ninety minutes to overcome a series of demented traps and save an old friend or face the deadly consequences.
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In 25 AD, Judah Ben-Hur, a Jew in ancient Judea, opposes the occupying Roman empire. Falsely accused by a Roman childhood friend-turned-overlord of trying to kill the Roman governor, he is put into slavery and his mother and sister are taken away as prisoners.
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The lifelong friendship between Rafe McCawley and Danny Walker is put to the ultimate test when the two ace fighter pilots become entangled in a love triangle with beautiful Naval nurse Evelyn Johnson. But the rivalry between the friends-turned-foes is immediately put on hold when they find themselves at the center of Japan's devastating attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.
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