Scene of the Week: Rambo Stick Fighting
The landscape of action films had changed quite a bit from the time that First Blood had been released and one man fighting against a group of undertrained sheriff deputies and a hilariously incompetent National Guard unit would no longer do. No, John Rambo needed someone else to fight. Just three years earlier Rambo had returned to Vietnam and rescued American POW’s. American POW’s that had been either forgotten or abandoned. John Rambo doesn’t forget, though. While First Blood is more of a tale of a PTSD-stricken veteran pushed to his limit, Rambo 3 is at the extreme opposite. Rambo 3 takes the viewer to their limits; how many people will John kill and how long can you go along with him on this never-ending suicide mission before you yourself say “enough is enough”. The answer has yet to be found. Rambo would later find himself smack dab in the Burmese revolution; cutting dudes in half with a .50 caliber machine gun and dropping killer one-liners like it was 1985 and there still may be one more adventure for the man.
I feel bad for Rambo. He’s really nothing more than a blunt object. A tool to be used for killing. Whether he’s fleeing injustice at the hands of some podunk town, rescuing captured soldiers, eliminating hundreds of Soviets troops, or obliterating the Burmese sexual predator population, John Rambo is a man who is highly f*cked up in the head (clinical term). Like Rocky, he only knows how to move forward in a fight but when it comes to his life he can’t stop looking to his past. His curse is to never stop fighting the same men who locked him away all those years ago. Even though they have been dead for decades, their ghosts haunt John’s every waking moment. Still though….this fight scene is pretty kickass!