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Rambo and the 'One Man Armies' of Cinema

by Ace Damon

Rambo: Until the End debuted yesterday in theaters around the world, including in Brazil. The Vietnam War veteran's fifth adventure features protagonist John Rambo with seven decades on his back, needing to deal with his niece's kidnapping in Mexico. Despite his age, Rambo has not forgotten the deadly and accurate tactics when dispatching such bad guys for the worse.

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Born in the 1970s, and cemented in the following, this type of film gave rise to the brucutu subgenre of one-man armies. Action movies in which a single character (usually the protagonist) is worth more than literally an entire army of enemies.

As a way of honoring these immortal toughs, CinePOP took the hook of the fifth Rambo launch and caught up with some of the most iconic (and not-so-famous) “one-man armies” of cinema. Come with us to meet.

John Rambo – Rambo: Scheduled to Kill (1982)

Rambo and the 'One Man Armies' of Cinema

It all started in the 1982 movie, based on David Morrell's book. One sentence in the movie defines well the experience of the protagonist lived by Sylvester Stallone. His opponent in the movie, the small-town sheriff shoots, "Are you saying that two hundred men against him is a win-win situation for us?" to the bodies. ” After that the thing only got more exaggerated and Rambo went to Vietnam to win the war alone (1985), to Afghanistan (1988) and to Burma (2008).

John Matrix – Command To Kill (1985)

Rambo and the 'One Man Armies' of Cinema

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With the success of friend Stallone's guerrilla movie, Arnold Schwarzenegger also wanted to play, giving his own version of Rambo. Despite having marked a generation, the feature film was not so successful as to derive continuations. In the plot, a military man who is the best at what he does has his daughter kidnapped and blackmailed. Your answer? Go after the culprits exploding half the world.

Dirty Harry Callahan – Relentless Stalker (1971)

Rambo and the 'One Man Armies' of Cinema

The action heroes of the 1980s owe much to Clint Eastwood and his Dirty Harry, the toughest cop in the movies. With phrases like “go ahead, make my day” and “are you feeling lucky, bum?”, Dirty Harry played hard against the bandit by becoming a true icon of the genre. In his trajectory of five films (1971, 1973, 1976, 1983 and 1988) the inspector faced a serial killer, corrupt cops, a terrorist organization, rapists and all sorts of criminals. Always shooting first and asking later.

Paul Kersey – Desire to Kill (1974)

Rambo and the 'One Man Armies' of Cinema

If Dirty Harry was the subgenre's first big hero, the iconic character Charles Bronson takes the silver medal. The difference here is that unlike Eastwood's character, a policeman, Bronson lives an ordinary man who has his family murdered. So he seeks revenge as a form of justice. Over five films until the 1990s, the bloodthirsty guy annihilated criminals in the most insane ways. In 2017, Bruce Willis starred in a remake of the original.

Marion Cobretti – Stallone Cobra (1986)

Rambo and the 'One Man Armies' of Cinema

Sylvester Stallone returns to the list. And the biggest sadness here is that Cobra didn't have a sequel like the other star franchises. Based on another book, this time by Paula Gosling, and directed by the same George P. Cosmatos of Rambo II (1985), Cobra is a hard-line cop and catchphrase machine that would make Dirty Harry proud. The subject must defend a model that is targeted by a group of psychopaths in a sect. The morale of the brucutu was so great that generated this insane title in Brazil, putting the name of the actor included in the movie. Good thing fashion didn't work out and we passed without "Schwarzenegger Terminator" and "Fast & Furious Diesel."

Cel. James Braddock – Braddock: The Super Command (1984)

Rambo and the 'One Man Armies' of Cinema

Rambo's influence was large and spawned a lot of imitators. Even before he could launch his sequel in 1985, Rambo earned a “tribute” starring universe master Chuck Norris. Well, here we can scratch our heads and ask who imitated who. Because even though Scheduled to Kill began the over-one-man army trend, the Rambo II plot is just like this Braddock's, released a year earlier. Here, Norris returns to Vietnam to rescue American prisoners of war still at the scene. Taking advantage of the hype of the genre, the film yielded two more sequels in the 1980s.

Martin Riggs – Deadly Machine (1987)

Rambo and the 'One Man Armies' of Cinema

Towards the end of the 1980s, a new kind of tough hero was calling for passage: more humane protagonists who used a keen sense of humor. These heroes suffered and bled, and were plagued by great personal trauma. Such was Martin Riggs, the policeman lived by Mel Gibson, also a war veteran. With the death of his wife, he turned suicidal, always on the verge of a nervous breakdown. The character has yielded three more films and there is talk of a possible fifth episode – in addition to the series that recently came to an end (2016-2019).

John McClane – Hard to Kill (1988)

Rambo and the 'One Man Armies' of Cinema

The character played by Bruce Willis served to take off his film career, and followed the same line as the humanized hero. But Hard to Kill went even further, becoming an icon of the subgenre, by showing the most fragile protagonist of the lot, saving the day out of luck, and ending his adventures almost dead. The cop's feature films were more serious and realistic. This was getting lost with each new production. In all there were four sequels, where only the first two can maintain the level of quality. And a sixth movie titled Only McClane is being announced.

Jericho Action Jackson – Action Jackson (1988)

Rambo and the 'One Man Armies' of Cinema

After his successful appearances in the first four Rocky and The Predator (1987), Carl Weathers finally won his own action vehicle to star. The proposal came from producer Joel Silver (while recording Predator) and Weathers came up with the idea of ​​an action movie molded to blaxploitation standards. So he played the hardest part of Detroit's cop. One of the gimmicks is the presence of the beauties Vanity (deceased in 2016) and Sharon Stone in early career.

Ten Nikolai Rachenko – Red Scorpion (1988)

Rambo and the 'One Man Armies' of Cinema

Of course, the Swedish Dolph Lundgren, one of the names of the action of the years 80-90, would not be left out of the lode. Here, representing the subgenre, we chose director Joseph Zito's film, the same as Braddock's. This could very well be Ivan Drago, or his brother. A Soviet special forces agent is sent on a suicide mission to assassinate an African rebel leader. On the spot, he begins to understand and disagree with his orders.

Dalton – Renter Killer (1989)

Rambo and the 'One Man Armies' of Cinema

The late Patrick Swayze gives his version of the lethal and invincible warrior in the skin of a bouncer from the worst road bar in the United States. When he sets the scene, he ends up challenging the city's mighty Ben Gazzara role. In the process he detonates the entire scene and numerous thugs of the criminal. There was a talk of remake, exchanging the main character for a woman, who would be played by real-life fighter Ronda Rousey.

Casey Ryback – The Force on Alert (1992)

Rambo and the 'One Man Armies' of Cinema

After the success of Duro de Matar (1988), everyone wanted a version to call his own. For fighter Steven Seagal – who was already making thrillers in which he distributed gunshots, shells and bombs – his “hard to kill” replaced the building with a navy ship. He was a vessel cook, the right man at the wrong time. So, like Bruce Willis's cop, he was the only one able to save the day of renegade military. The film yielded a sequel in 1995, which was replaced by a new train – in place of the ship was a train.

John Cutter – Passenger 57 (1992)

Rambo and the 'One Man Armies' of Cinema

In the same year as The Force on Alert came Wesley Snipes's "hard to kill." Here, the star lived an air safety expert who finds himself in the middle of an attack in mid-flight to save a criminal from jail. And of course he is the only one who can stop the terrorists.

Chance Boudreaux – The Target (1993)

Rambo and the 'One Man Armies' of Cinema

Director John Woo's first film, considered the Hong Kong action master in Hollywood. Vehicle for Belgian star Jean-Claude Van Damme, in the movie the fighter plays a docker wanderer who agrees to meet a woman's father. Soon they discover a powerfully run underworld whose fun is to hunt down the toughest prey of all: humans.

President James Marshall – Air Force One (1997)

Rambo and the 'One Man Armies' of Cinema

Harrison Ford has always lived very human action heroes. But here, the actor plays a US president unlike any other movie has ever seen. When the presidential plane is hijacked by Russian terrorists, the head of state decides to stay on the aircraft and defeat the criminals himself.

Frank Martin – Explosive Charge (2002)

Rambo and the 'One Man Armies' of Cinema

Prior to joining the Fast & Furious franchise, Jason Statham was already performing unbelievable feats with a car. This was the movie that made him an action star. In the movie, he plays an accomplished rental pilot who does everything for the right price, from being a criminal escape pilot to taking children to school. The film yielded two sequels, in 2005 and 2008, a TV series that lasted two seasons (2012-2014) and a reboot without Statham (2015).

Luke Hobbs – Hobbs & Shaw (2019)

Rambo and the 'One Man Armies' of Cinema

The giant cop Dwayne Johnson starred in theaters in the fifth Fast and Furious franchise movie (2011). After that, he appeared in three more films of the franchise …

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