First Blood movie review - Aussieboyreviews


The film’s violence is bloody and graphic, but it’s appropriate for older/mature teens. It’s a great action-adventure tale starring Sylvester Stallone.


Veteran John Rambo, a former US soldier traumatised by graphic memories of the Vietnam War, gets into trouble when a run-in with a cruel small-town sheriff triggers his aggressive side.

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Movie details

Director: Ted Kotcheff
Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Richard Crenna, Brian Dennehy, David Caruso
Writer: Michael Kozoll, William Sackheim, Sylvester Stallone
Release Date (Australia): 3 December 1982
Runtime: 93 minutes/1h 33m
Genre: Action, Adventure
Country: USA
Language: English


Themes (MA15+)

Themes in the film centre on a character’s trauma after war and brief flashbacks of torture during war.

Violence (MA15+)

The film includes scenes depicting beatings, shootings, stabbings and people being injured by death traps. These scenes are accompanied by blood and wound detail.

Coarse Language (M)

The film contains use of the words “goddamn”, “s**t”, “bitch”, “ass” and “f**king”.

Nudity (PG)

A nude man’s buttocks are viewed.

mpaa rating

R (for an unknown reasoning)

Aussie boy's thoughts

The first Rambo tale is an exceedingly strong, effective and complex actioner highlighting a sympathetic former soldier’s conflict between an aggravating sheriff. If anything’s maturely projected on, it’s the fact that this highly underrated film deals with heavy themes relating to trauma after war and the lack of regard for veterans.

Not even the most adored or strongly-performed actors would own as much of the ability as Sylvester Stallone possesses to portray the powerful character. Majority of the acclaim deservedly falls into his hands. With the performance at the centre, each of the ideas constructed by the screenwriters are unquestionably remarkable. The outlook is heavily complex and is immensely realistic for First Blood’s entire length.

The adventure, action and smart ideas surround all the deep subject matter. Not only does 1982’s Rambo live up as a direct action-adventure movie, but even those who don’t generally appreciate the genre will love First Blood for the themes. What else is there to discuss? There’s very infrequent material that shapes out as uninteresting or unnecessary, but it’s a great focus on the feeling of being misunderstood or disrespected. 

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