Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Summer Blockbusters of 1985: Rambo: First Blood Part 2

Well hello there boys and girls... hope my creepy clown writing doesn't frighten you all away and welcome back to Day 2 of Summer Blockbusters of 1985. This time around we are in sequel territory. I know many of you are pissed while others are thrilled. Folks, don't judge people by the caliber of movie they watch... unless it is a snuff film, then go report them to the cops ASAP. So what's better than an action hero making explosions, whaling the monkey crap out of his opponents and saving the day? Well not much unless you live in a timeline were Russians are godless heathens and the Vietnamese are still deemed EeeeEeEEeeeevilll!!!! This is Rambo: First Blood Part 2.


3 years hard labor John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone of Death Race 2000, Rocky, Paradise Alley, Nighthawks, Cobra, Lock Up, Tango & Cash and The Expendables) former Green Beret highly decorated Vietnam vet has been locked up for his snapping and taking down a small community of local law enforcement that beat him, slapped him around and gave him flashbacks to his POW days in a South Vietnamese prison camp. While literally breaking rocks when his commanding officer and dear friend Colonel Trautman (Richard Crenna of Death Ship, First Blood, Table for Five, It Takes Two, The Flamingo Kid, Summer Rental and Hot Shots! Part Deux) has been pulling every string he can and touching base with every contact he has ever made to get Rambo out.

A mission has come up and Rambo is one of the most qualified to carry it out. Rambo mulls it over and decides he rather be out than locked in a box. Trautman tells Rambo a presidential pardon is being made for him on the condition he flies back to Vietnam with Trautman to search for POWs. Working in junction with the C.I.A. is the commander of the outpost Marshall Murdock (Charles Napier of Thunder and Lightning, B.J. And the Bear, Dallas, Outlaws, Hit List, Maniac Cop 2, Silence of the Lambs, The Critic and Superman: The Animated Series) who assigns Rambo to infiltrate the prison camp that he once broke out of , take pictures of the prison and an extraction team led by Trautman will hit the camp and claim any existing POWs.

Nice butt on that Rambo.  He do stair runs?

Outfitted with a MP5 K sub-machine gun, a decent compound slow re-curve bow, arrows of various heads including explosives, a Nikon for the snaps, throwing knives and a Bowie knife our hero preps for a nighttime HALO (High Altitude Low Opening) drop, Rambo gets hung up on the plane, saws away his equipment to make his jump only to be about 5 klicks (5 kilometers or 3.1 miles) from his rendezvous site with his only contact about the camps. Meeting Co (Julia Nickson of Crime Story, Noble House, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Around the World in 80 Days, Babylon 5, Double Dragon and Half-Life) she leads him down river to investigate what she believes is nothing but hopeful rumors only to find that it is the harsh truth. Will Rambo be able to help these men? Will his own government leave him hanging? What of the Soviet Hind gunship helicopter in the trailer?

And now facts you can use to entertain, inform or annoy fellow movie goers. Ready?

The film was dedicated to stuntman Cliff Wenger Jr. Who died due to one of the film explosions. James Cameron wrote a first draft of the script while tinkering with Aliens screenplay during production delays on The Terminator.

The only film in the Rambo series nominated for an Oscar. Directo George P. Cosmatos was hired on to direct when Stallone's son Sage saw Cosmatos'f film Of Unknown Origin. He later went on to direct Cobra as well.  Trautman's Green Beret flash has altered from First Blood as he was with Army's 5th Special Forces Group and for this film he is 1st Special Operations Command. Maybe he was reassigned after First Blood or maybe someone in props goofed.

MOVE MOVE MOVE!!!  I don't need another ticket!!