This is the end...
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,…
brilliant movie, absolute masterpiece 2nd favourite movie
The highs are definitely high in this film. One specific scene I really enjoyed was a helicopter assault, which I thought was perfectly crafted by Coppola. In terms of the acting - all solid - but I was especially impressed with Dennis Hopper. The cinematography and sound were especially good as well.
In terms of story, there was definitely a good story to be told here, and one was told. I can't help but mention though that this film really dragged at points for me. Felt like 20-30 minutes could have and should have been cut. I found myself checking the progress of the runtime at several points between minutes 30 and 90 (despite some solid scenes), wondering when the story was going to progress.
A well-made movie that suffered in my mind, due to the pacing issues. Think I would probably enjoy this more on rewatch.
Top 5 of all time. Easy.
Amazingly shot movie.
Calling Apocalypse Now a war movie is the equivalent of calling 2001: A Space Odyssey a sci-fi movie. Yes, both of these films fit into the respective genres, but they are so much more than that, and to reduce them to such simple labels is almost insulting. Francis Ford Coppola is famous for saying that "My film is not about Vietnam; it IS Vietnam." a statement that, even if it were as cocky and bold as it seems, would still be totally justified. I don't think any other Vietnam movie, or any other war movie in general, has ever been able to create such a haunting and twistedly-honest portrait of war.
Based somewhat upon the novella Heart of Darkness, Apocalypse…
A stupendously and eerily well-made film, with great acting. This movie is extremely tense, careful, and slow.
Was amazing up until Robert Duvall exits the picture. I was not won over in the end by Brando's ad-libbed mumbling monologues. Overrated.
really had some shit parts
great french part great war and boat parts
horrid end just shitty