It is time for you to watch First Blood again and if you haven’t seen it before then you should make the time to see it now.
First Blood was the first bona fide hit that Sylvester Stallone had after the Rocky Movies. His other efforts like F.I.S.T., Paradise Alley, Victory and Nighthawks were moderate successes at the box office but did nothing to add to Stallone’s reputation.
On the surface of it First Blood is a great action movie. If that is all you want then you have a perfect movie to watch. On the other hand First Blood is also a story that asks some tough questions. What do we as a society owe those who committed their minds, bodies and soles to our defense forces? How does society deal with soldiers returning from battle who’s most marketable skills are killing? How do we imbue those who have never served with the respect for those who have served that they are due?
Yes these questions are framed against a backdrop of an action/thriller movie but the questions are valid and considering the conflicts were are now engaged in they remain important questions to consider. The cast of First Blood is a gifted one, along with Sylvester Stallone as John J. Rambo we are treated to the truly great character actor Brian Dennehy as Sheriff Will Teasle who starts the ball rolling by treating John Rambo as if he didn’t have the right to walk down the street and insulting the clothes he is wearing. The superb Richard Crenna as Col. Samuel Trautman the man who trained Rambo to be a killing machine. Fans of NYPD Blue and CSI Miami will be thrilled to see a young David Caruso as Deputy Mitch.
Modern viewers have to approach First Blood as a period piece and not just because of the Vietnam war references. There are obvious deficiencies in First Blood if you compare it to action movies or war movies shot today. There was no CGI in 1982 all the special effects and stunts are performed by real people.