With the Schwarzenegger/Stallone prison break movie ESCAPE PLAN opening in theaters this weekend, we decided to have this week’s face-off revolve around the two legendary action stars. Since we’ve already done a face-off with these two actors, we decided the next best thing would be to pit famous characters of theirs in the battle this week.
1985 was a great year; Phil Collins, Tears for Fears and Wham! were dominating the charts, Super Mario Bros. was released and we all started buying Swatch watches. It was also the year that both RAMBO: FIRST BLOOD PART II and COMMANDO were released. So let’s focus on that year and have Sly’s John Rambo (from the second Rambo film) battle it out with Arnie’s John Matrix. Both actors were at the top of the action game in 1985 and both these characters were one-man armies. Let the cheesy lines begin...
His mission? Matrix must kill the president of Val Verde (a fictional South American country) in 11 hours of less or they kill his daughter. To make matters worse, the only person Matrix has got to help him is a reluctant stewardess (back in ’85, they were still called stewardesses so back off!). Now he’s got to get to a remote island and kill hundreds of soldiers by himself before the kidnappers find out he bailed on the plane to Val Verde. Matrix is gunning for them all armed with a complete arsenal and a very thick Austrian accent.
The South American soldiers Matrix has to battle are lightweights and his main enemy Bennett looks like a reject from the Village People. He’s facing a bunch of douchebags and although they outnumber him greatly, they barely scratch the guy. John Matrix has a lot more on the line than John Rambo does but his mission is a breeze.
His mission? Head back to the jungles of Vietnam (where he once served) for some recon work that will mainly involve snapping photos of a suspected P.O.W. camp. Once there, things get hairier when he discovers a bunch of prisoners of war and gets screwed over by some Vietnamese allies as well as some American soldiers in the extraction copter. Also, it’s 1985 so the Russians are involved and they’ve got a bone to pick with Rambo as well. Rambo does have help in the form of Co, a beautiful Vietnamese soldier who can shoot a gun and break your heart. Rambo is a true badass and has some decent help but he is up against seasoned pros on this mission so it's a real backbreaker even for him.
Breaks a padlock and chain with his bare hands.
Breaks glass with his bare hands.
Removes passenger seat from a car with his bare hands.
Jumps off of an airplane after it has taken off.
Lifts barbed wire with his bare hands.
Withstands numerous rounds of torture by electrocution.
Cindy: "How will I know?"
Matrix: "Because all fucking hell is going to break loose."
2) (Matrix releases Sully’s leg letting him fall to his death down a ravine)
Cindy: "What happened to Sully?"
Matrix: "I let him go."
3) (Matrix has thrown a pipe through Bennett)
Matrix: "Let off some steam, Bennett."
4) Matrix: "Remember, Sully, when I promised to kill you last?"
Sully: "That’s right, Matrix! You did!"
Matrix: "I lied."
5) Cooke: "You scared, motherfucker? Well, you should be, because this Green Beret is going to kick your big ass!"
Matrix: "I eat Green Berets for breakfast. And right now, I’m very hungry!"
6) Matrix: (after killing a man in the plane)
"Don’t disturb my friend, he’s dead tired."
2) Trautman: "Then what is it you want?"
"Rambo: I want, what they want, and every other guy who came over here and spilled his guts and gave everything he had, wants! For our country to love us as much as we love it! That's what I want!"
Trautman: "How will you live, John?"
Rambo: "Day by day."
3) Rambo: "Murdock..."
Trautman: "He's here."
Murdock: "Rambo, this is Murdock, we're glad you're alive. Where the hell are you? Give us your position and we'll come to pick you up!"
Rambo: "Murdock... I'm coming to get you!"
4) Trautman: "The war, everything that happened here may have been wrong, but dammit, don't hate your country for it!"
Rambo: "Hate? I'd die for it!"
5) Trautman: "John I want you to try and forget the war. Remember the mission. The old Vietnam's dead."
Rambo: "Sir I'm alive, it's still alive, ain't it?"
6) Rambo: "You know there's more men out there and you know where they are. Find 'em. Or I'll find you."