A surprisingly more believable action movie that returns to the gritty mood of the original but still having the character as one-man slaughter machine as in the sequels. It has a message and probably gave morale boost to the resistance fighters of Burma, but what is most effective is the brutal action that looks like it was taken from a horrific slasher movie.
the last battle is a melon-popping (all other parts of the human body are popped as well) rain of machismo that will be remembered as one of the most violent scenes in film history. at 62, stallone executes stunts that prove his willingness to die an action hero. this is how you 'git-er-done. this is the real deal.
The action is gruesome and uncompromising. You could probably read this as an apologia for American interventionism, if you were so inclined. Rambo (the ur-American) is reluctantly drawn into a conflict in a third world country, with a brutal dictatorship inflicting horrors on its own citizens. Rambo leads the coalition forces into the nation and resolves the conflict with some brutal violence of his own.
If you take ithis movie for what it is then you´ll be alright. If you have any illusions of this reaching the same level as First Blood you are sorely mistaken. If anything you have to give Stallone some credit for not skipping on the gore and violence. The final shoot out is off the chain!
Finally, a great action movie! We need more of these! None of it really comes as as overly cheesy to me, it never tries to act like it's "Citizen Kane" and bite off more than it can chew. It simply focuses on what is important to Rambo and the story. Highly entertaining!