I still can't believe some of the scenes in this movie. Hyper-violent. Rape, children being bayoneted/shot/burned alive, people being forced to run across a minefield for sport... I put the over/under at the number of people you see killed onscreen at 500. Just, wow. Set in Burma before the recent reforms. And I liked it! I was not expecting that. By the time Rambo (SPOILER ALERT IF YOU ARE STUPID) disembowels the pedophile bad guy you are cheering. John Rambo is still a killing machine, but he doesn't want to be. Reminds me of the original book (as it does the author).
First Blood is still my favorite. I actually love the book it was based on, came out in 1972. I describe it as almost a retelling of Of Mice and Men. In the book Rambo is a skinny hippie looking kid with a beard and long hair (the opposite of Sly Stallone). Except he's a Green Beret with severe PTSD that delights in being able to kill people again. Then he calms down and starts to regret it and carries on this interior monologue about forgiveness and God... until at the end he is finally killed. Great book, I need to read it again.