This may be the blood that came first, but that doesn’t mean it was interesting. This is a weird first installment of a series. Now, granted I’m sure the series has evolved a lot since this film, but I guess I had no idea how Rambo started. It’s a pretty uncomfortable and weird movie to watch. You mainly see a poor veteran getting harassed by cops and then he starts fighting them out in the woods. I wasn’t expecting the police to be the bad guys and Rambo isn’t the killing machine you think of him as, in fact he doesn’t personally kill anyone in this film. It also feels quite dated, but I did like some of his traps and survival methods. I guess I just feel uncomfortable cheering against police and seeing vets disrespected in the same movie. I’d pass on this one.
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First Blood (1982)