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At the height of the Vietnam war, Captain Benjamin Willard is sent on a dangerous mission that, officially, "does not exist, nor will it ever exist." His goal is to locate - and eliminate - a mysterious Green Beret Colonel named Walter Kurtz, who has been leading his personal army on illegal guerrilla missions into enemy territory.
This an example of film making at its finest. Honestly, I don't know a whole lot about the infamous production of Apocalypse Now, other than the fact that it was awful; and yet, the way the film is crafted and put together is so incredible. The troubled production probably increased the hysteria and darkness that the film conveys as it journeys into the dark hearts of men and their desires.
The film has a simple premise, US Army Captain Benjamin Willard (Martin Sheen) is ordered on a covert mission into Cambodia to assassinate a Green Beret, Colonel Kurtz (Marlon Brando), who has gone insane and set himself up as a god among the local native tribe. It's an accessible premise,…
Art imitates life, so the saying goes, yet in the case of Apocalypse Now with its tortured and maddening production, life imitated art. The film’s problematic production is almost as legendary as the film itself yet this difficult development seeps into every frame. It is hard to imagine that the film would have so brilliantly captured the feverish descent into darkness if the making of the film had been such an effortless experience. It brilliantly depicts the hallucinatory hell of war because it was hell for those involved in its creation.
It is hard to imagine a film like this was made in the first place. A big budget movie with an impressive star cast that is more dreamy and…
"Saigon....shit. I'm still only in Saigon."
Never ceases to amaze me. Coppola takes you on a journey of unimaginable dichotomy in humanity. It is the struggle between pacifism and blood thirst that runs deep in this journey. It's a head trip of inhuman violence and the inhuman paths that madness takes you. The visceral authority with the camera thunders down a definitive adventure in madness, throwing the characters from one exotic encounter to the next, yet the numbing confusion of war is always present. War is hell and hell is war. It is a test of sanity, will power and a divide in dignity of self. You see it on Willard's face in every scene. I had forgotten just how…
This film, much like the novella it is based on, challenges the nature of humanity itself.
Conrad's novella explores our moral ambiguity in a setting of colonial oppression. Its main character Marlow enters a world of lawless confusion, created and perpetuated by the enigmatic Kurtz who defies rules and logical thinking. Marlow is forced to choose between these two worlds in which there is no right choice to make. Moral standards or social values are not relevant in judging evil and if they are, how can insanity be classified in an insane world?
Coppola's film manages to capture that criticism of man's incessant need to dominate and unavoidable need for social structure and moral guidance. There are a couple of…
I find myself torn between Come and See and the audaciously brilliant Apocalpyse Now as my favourite war movie and this rewatch on the magnificent Blu-Ray transfer certainly didn't help my cause in trying to decide. Francis Ford Coppola is something of a genius and his movie-making period in the 70's, ranging from The Godfather, Part I to this is impeccable. The legendary director is loved both by mainstream audiences and the critical community and he is without a doubt one of the most important voices of the artistic side in film history. The impact of Apocalypse Now is undeniable, it hits where it needs to hit and it hits at the force of a squadron of Apache helicopters. The…
"I watched a snail crawl along the edge of a straight razor. That's my dream. That's my nightmare. Crawling, slithering, along the edge of a straight razor...and surviving."
This is quite possibly the most intense film experience I have ever had. Every single aspect of this is quite simply a masterclass in that particular field. Acting, direction, camerawork, sound design, effects, music - all of it combined to create something what I can only describe right now as perfect. Right from the very first second of the film, you're hypnotised, drawn into this surreal, visceral world with a flashback to a previous mission, the rotating blades of the helicopter slowly morphing into that of the ceiling fan above Willard's bed,…
Having only seen the original cut before, I decided to give the Redux version a go. I definitely felt the film improved on a second viewing, and might even be 4.5/5 worthy, but the additional footage in this version felt completely unnecessary and by no means an improvement, and so, for the Redux version, the film retains the original 4/5. Maybe I'll watch the original cut again sometime.
Figured I've been on here too long without a review of my all-time favorite. It's hard for me to write or gather my thoughts here, as no film makes me feel the way this does. Therefore, hopefully some random thoughts will represent what this film means to me.
There are films that grab you with their opening scene, and then there's Apocalypse Now.
There are bizarre films, and then there's Apocalypse Now.
There are violent films, and then there's Apocalypse Now.
There are poignant films, and then there's Apocalypse Now.
There are heartbreaking films, and then there's Apocalypse Now.
There are beautiful films, and then there's Apocalypse Now.
There are deeply philosophical films, and then there's Apocalypse Now.
Even though, I think Coppola is such a sham because he is an unused talent, he really came out swinging with this film.
The acting from Martin Sheen is just... fantastic and amazing all at the same time. His mannerisms, and his look in the way his eyes were to his facial expressions were superb. Everything he did in this film was great.
This is not to mentions the cinematography. Really had the feel of Platoon or vice versa. The way they used light, creating emotions when there were no to be seen within a character. This in combination with their dialogue created these scenes, not the direction but the acting and lighting. Utterly fantastic!
I can say with a firm conviction that I have never seen anything quite like Apocalypse Now. It truly is a film without equal. It starts off simple enough, a special operations officer is given a covert mission to eliminate a Col. Kurtz. While the mission is the reason things happen in the film, it isn't exactly the main focus what is being shown on screen. There is a whole slew of side characters featured, most notably the cavalier officer played by Robert Duvall, showing the differences in how one handles the war.
Coppola meticulously crafted this movie, and it shows. It really is one of the best shot films I have ever seen (that battle sequence in the beginning…
Remains one of the monumental feats of American filmmaking. Coppola's film––a visual and aural masterpiece––quite literally takes the viewer into the heart of darkness where the savage madness of warfare is made frighteningly clear.
Finally watched the Redux version and it only makes me appreciate the 1979 cut more. When shorter, the movie's focus is impeccable. Easily one of the best war movies ever.
Beautiful slow descent into madness.
Even better than I remember it being. The beginning and ending are both so brilliant and still unparalleled today. In my opinion the best war film of all-time.
#8 on my list of favorite films
We're off to kill the colonel, The Horrible Colonel of 'Nam
We hear he is a loon of a loon, if ever a loon there was
If ever, oh ever a loon there was, The Colonel of 'Nam is one because
Because, because, because, because, because
Because of the horrible things he does
We're off to kill the colonel, The Horrible Colonel of 'Nam!
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