Rambo: First Blood Part II

1985

Rambo: First Blood Part II

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As Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) takes off for the second time to save U.S. POWs and fight at least two armies nearly single-handedly, he may not fly as convincingly as in his first, 1982 appearance, but he certainly lands as a buzz-word for the super-human macho hero. Stallone Rambos his way out of a prison camp with the help of his old Green Beret buddy Trautman (Richard Crenna), who arrives to free him for more active duty. It seems the U.S. government wants him to liberate those POWs - but does it? Rambo's ire reaches explosive levels when it turns out that the whole mission is PR for the American public. Fueled by fury, he rounds up the POWs and the action reaches its own explosive levels as he and a Vietnamese sidekick (Julia Nickson) fend off opposing forces and shepherd the POWs out of Vietnam. Wow.

Cast

Sylvester Stallone
as John Rambo, Rambo
Richard Crenna
as Colonel Samuel Trautman, Col. Samuel Trautman
Charles Napier
as Marshall Murdock, Murdock
Steven Berkoff
as Lt. Col. Podovsky, Lt. Colonel Podovsky
Julia Nickson
as Co Bao, Co
Andy Wood
as Banks
Martin Kove
as Ericson
William Ghent
as Captain Vinh
Vojo Goric
as Sergeant Yushin
Dana Lee
as Captain Kinh
Baoan Coleman
as Gunboat Captain
Don Collins
as P.O.W. #1
John Sterlini
as P.O.W. #3
Tony Munafo
as Prison Guard
Tom Gehrke
as Russian Pilot
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Critic Reviews for Rambo: First Blood Part II

All Critics (42) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (15) | Rotten (27)

  • So powerful and intoxicating is this kind of movie hero that when we see him operating in a flaw-riddled movie like ''Rambo'' we realize that heroic action can override almost any script.

    Apr 17, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • In credibility, the action is as ludicrous as old Saturday-afternoon serials; in execution, the skills help it to skate over the incredibilities.

    Apr 11, 2016 | Full Review…
  • This overwrought sequel to the popular First Blood (1982) is one mounting fireball.

    Mar 26, 2009 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Variety
    Top Critic
  • A thoroughly unpleasant project, quite apart from its creepy populist posturing (Stallone seemed determined to become the Huey Long of the movies).

    Jan 14, 2008 | Full Review…
  • The body count is rising, Sly's pecs are blowing up, and Rambo himself is becoming more of a brand-name than a character, a mascot for masochism and murderous self-assertion.

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • To anyone who doesn't share the camera's adoration, this sort of behavior becomes so comic that Rambo turns into something of a camp classic.

    May 20, 2003 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Rambo: First Blood Part II

  • Dec 21, 2017
    Hot on the heels of the massive blockbuster hit, First Blood, Stallone is back three years later with First Blood: Part II... and what a disappointment it is. I can't say I expected much more: after First Blood's insane ending, there's no logical reason for Rambo to return. In Part II, Colonel Trautman visits Rambo in a work camp he's been sentenced to after the first film's incidents. He requests Rambo accept a mission to do reconnaissance on POW's that may not have made it out of Vietnam. Rambo, being the macho action hero that he is, refuses to stand by while the U.S. military does the rescuing. Despite having chronic PTSD from watching his friends get killed, he returns to Vietnam without question. Under the orders of Marshall Murdock (played by Charles Napier), he deploys into the jungle, solo. There, he meets a local intelligence agent to assist him on his mission. This agent turns out to be a she, and her name is Co-Bao. The actress playing her, Julia Nickson, turns in a laughably bad performance as Rambo's sexy sidekick. Whether her Vietnamese accent is a part of her real world identity or put on for the sake of the character, it sounds terrible. This is a one-dimensional, abysmal, typecast role given to a beautiful actress with minimal acting capabilities. Stallone himself seems to have forgotten that his own character suffers from PTSD. Rambo is no longer the broken war veteran struggling to fit into a world that doesn't want him; he's just another action hero. With that being said, this isn't to say that First Blood: Part II doesn't have it's moments. Stallone is always, to an extent, entertaining and badass, even in his laziest moments. The scene at the end where he confronts Marshall Murdock is fueled by a heavy dose of angry testosterone, and it was a surprisingly great way to end the film. Although the 95 minute running time sounds brief, I found myself checking the time quite often; considering this is an action movie, pacing is crucial, and the repetition of Rambo killing a man from 50 feet away without actually aiming gets old very fast. First Blood: Part II was written by Stallone and James Cameron-this sounds like a dynamic combination, but the duo won the Razzie Award for Worst Screenplay. To top it all off, Stallone also won for Worst Actor. This is even more depressing when you consider how his performance from Part I was Oscar-worthy. If you're curious as to how Part II is after watching the first, do yourself a favor and skip over this one because there's not much to see.
    Kevin M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 13, 2015
    "First Blood" was a product of some of the last 70s cynicism, so naturally it's sequel is all 80s machismo, over-the-top action, and xenophobia . . . well made to be sure but still rather silly. It's unsurprising that an action film made during the height of the Reagan era would try to give the American public a kind of fictional "victory" for the Vietnam war.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 25, 2013
    "What you choose to call hell, he calls home." Rambo: First Blood Part II is one of most iconic action films of the '80s. Vietnam vet John Rambo is offered a presidential pardon in exchange for going on a covert mission to recon a possible POW camp in Vietnam. The script by Sylvester Stallone and James Cameron is surprisingly thoughtful for an action film, especially in addressing topical issues such as missing Vietnam POWs and the failed reintegration of Vietnam vets. The action sequences are also especially impressive, and add a lot of excitement and energy to the film. Incredibly entertaining and powerful, Rambo: First Blood Part II redefined the '80s action hero.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 15, 2013
    I love this sequel, and I don't say that often. Rambo is such an interesting action film character, and we get to know more about him now with this film. You must see it if you're a fan of the first. The story brings him into a much bigger situation as the first, the stakes are upped, and there are really extreme action sequences. Being put back into a warlike setting really suits this character well. We get to see all of his talents. And don't be afraid, this story isn't just action with no story. You can read the story here on the site. It's a rescue with revenge and love and anti-communism, all the great themes of the 80s. And I don't want to give away the end, but it is both sad and satisfying to the audience. I loved this movie.
    Aj V Super Reviewer

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