Rambo: First Blood 2 (1985)
First Blood was a unique and dark character study about a programmed killing machine failing to re-adjust to civilian life. For the sequel, James Cameron and Sylvester Stallone wrote a script that seemed to go against everything that made the original so special. Apparently they were the smarter ones considering the film was an unstoppable monster at the box office making a then staggering $150,000,000 which was almost $100 million more than First Blood. The typical sequel mantra of bigger, better, and more explosions was certainly in effect here. Stallone ups his dialog and the body count is ridiculous. First Blood had one casualty, here Rambo uses everything from fishing wire to rocket launchers and helicopters to kill countless commies. The film has a strange anti-American and anti-Communist tone to it, and it was rumored to be a favorite with Ronald Reagan. The idea that veterans were still out of place at home is palpable here and the underlying theme as Rambo reminiscent of John Wayne is left to wander into the sunset unsure of his future. The film is still entertaining but all too often you wind up laughing at rather than with the film in its cartoon violence and silly simple minded villains.