Brought in for “vagrancy”, Rambo is treated with sadistic contempt by a small town police force. But when they go too far, all hell breaks loose.
Up to this point, we have no indication as to who John J. Rambo rally is. Slowly clues come together...the dog tags...the knife...the scars across his body...and finally, the flashback scene which triggers a spectacular jailbreak and reveals Rambo’s true destiny as a killer will never fit in.
“DON’T PUSH IT”
Engorged in the thick forest surrounding little town USA, Rambo dares the police force to try and take him on, a move they will live to regret.
Has Stallone ever been so intimidating? Has the dark recesses of an action hero ever been so expertly revealed? Brian Dennehy must have been crapping bricks as the tenacious cop foolish enough to take on Rambo, John J. . Too bad he couldn’t leave that poor man alone.
Cornered with no way out, Col. Trautman (Richard Crenna) tries to convince Rambo to give up the fight and let go of the past.
It is a scene which works on so many levels: A condemnation of war. The damnation of a contury which treated its soldiers with contempt. One of the purely emotional moments in a tough guy action film where men have, and still do, weep at the sight of it. Stallone’s best scene? Maybe so.