This overwrought sequel to the popular First Blood (1982) is one mounting fireball as Sylvester Stallone's special operations veteran is sprung from a prison labor camp by his former Green Beret commander (Richard Crenna) to find POWs in Vietnam.

This overwrought sequel to the popular First Blood (1982) is one mounting fireball as Sylvester Stallone’s special operations veteran is sprung from a prison labor camp by his former Green Beret commander (Richard Crenna) to find POWs in Vietnam.

That the secret mission is a cynical ruse by higher-ups which is meant to fail heightens Stallone’s fury while touching off a provocative political theme: a US government that wants to forget about POWs and accommodate the public at the same time.

The charade on the screen, which is not pulled off, is to accept that the underdog Rambo character, albeit with the help of an attractive machine-gun wielding Vietnamese girl (Julia Nickson), can waste hordes of Vietcong and Red Army contingents enroute to hauling POWs to a Thai air base in a smoking Russian chopper with only a facial scar (from a branding iron-knifepoint) marring his tough figure.

Steven Berkoff is a twisted and nominally chilly Russian advisor, but his performance is essentially the same nasty thing he did in Octopussy and Beverly Hills Cop.

1985: Nomination: Best Sound Effects Editing

Rambo - First Blood Part II

Production

Tri-Star. Director George Pan Cosmatos; Producer Buzz Feitshans; Screenplay Sylvester Stallone, James Cameron; Camera Jack Cardiff; Editor Mark Goldblatt, Mark Helfrich; Music Jerry Goldsmith; Art Director Bill Kenney

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1985. Running time: 95 MIN.

With

Sylvester Stallone Richard Crenna Charles Napier Julia Nickson Steven Berkoff Martin Kove
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