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Born on the Fourth of July
A story of innocence lost and courage found.
The biography of Ron Kovic. Paralyzed in the Vietnam war, he becomes an anti-war and pro-human rights political activist after feeling betrayed by the country he fought for.
Born on the Fourth of July hit me like a goddamn freight train.
I'm writing this having finished the film only moments before, so I apologize in advance if this comes out unstructured and messy.
My mother's father—my grandpa—is a Vietnam War veteran. For as long as I've known the man, I've always had a very specific image of him in my head. He's tall, like me, and thin—very thin, stemming from health problems caused by his time in Vietnam. In my head, I picture him with a beard, though through my life he's alternated between being clean-shaved, mustachioed, and bearded. It just seems to fit him the best. He's also had shoulder-length hair for a long time now—probably since…
Born on the Fourth of July tells the fascinating life story of Ron Kovic, a Vietnam veteran who becomes paralyzed during his second tour of duty and is wracked with guilt over the accidental death of a young soldier on his own side. At times it is difficult to watch him descend into darkness, but that's attributable to fantastic writing that provides insight into who Ron Kovic was as a person, not just a historical figure. When he becomes a political activist and speaks out against the US government, he seems to come into his own and the film draws parallels to his childhood and the potential the people around him felt he had all along.
It's a bit myopic…
"I had a mother; I had a father, things - things that made sense. Do you remember things that made sense? Things you could count on? Before we all got so lost?"- Ron Kovic
Now this is a powerful film right here. Forget Platoon, this is the real Oliver Stone Vietnam War film. Born on the Fourth of July has many great themes, a wonderful John Williams score, splendid cinematography, and great direction. What really makes it special is Tom Cruise's mesmerizing performance as Ron Kovic. He starts off as a High School kid and by the end he is a political activist. The changes his character goes through during the film are all portrayed brilliantly by Mr. Cruise who…
"People say that if you don't love America, then get the hell out. Well, I love America."
Despite a few instances of heavy-handed symbolism of Oliver Stone's part, Born On The Fourth Of July is a powerful and resonant experience, which drives home a message that is still important to this day and is held together by Tom Cruise's astounding performance.
However, despite being heavily moved by the film and the scene in which this happened, I couldn't help but let out an unintentional laugh when Tom Cruise shouts "Big fucking erect penis!".
Stone and Cruise have delivered some of the best work of their careers here and have given us a relevant and haunting film that will stay with me for a long time.
Born on the Fourth of July is a great film that has many great messages, even though I think the film needed to be a little more focused and not so heavy-handed at times, but that's just me. Everyone does a great job in this movie, especially Tom Cruise as Ron Kovic. Wow, what a performance. Easily my favorite I've seen from him so far, and probably the best he'll ever be. He did such a good job portraying the character, from his start as a high school student, to when he became a paralyzed war hero with post-traumatic stress syndrome. We also have Raymond J. Barry as his father, Caroline Kava as his mother, and Tom Berenger who all…
Oliver Stone is a director I never really got, other than his politics, his films tend to either come across as dull or bonkers, with little in between. I think the closest thing he's got to a film I like is Natural Born Killers, and that's a film so barmy that even I can't get behind it.
So I'm actually shocked that Born on the Fourth of July resonated so well with me. Pretty much the ground zero for crazy Vietnam veterans, Tom Cruise plays a naive soldier sent into Vietnam and comes out paralysed. And while you get the whole "You weren't there man, I've done stuff" he actually keeps the performance subdued, and the films strength of building…
I hope that this film was as cathartic for Oliver Stone as he appears to have been trying for. As a viewer, I had the unfortunate phrase begin to pass through my head at about the half-way mark; "Isn't this over yet?" I thought the point the film had to make was certainly established loooooong before it ended.
Nota = 9
“Don’t say penis in this house!”
The second movie in Oliver Stone’s Vietnam-themed trilogy (after Platoon and followed by Heaven and Earth) takes an interesting approach at an otherwise very seen-before story. To make the focus of this ‘nam-movie the treatment of the soldiers after returning home is an interesting one and it’s comforting that the focus is after the war – because the actual war-scenes here are slapdash battles with characters we’ve never gotten to know and overall feels very sub-par compared to most other Vietnam-flicks.
It’s when Tom Cruise returns home the movie starts to shine – in some moments. There’s an interesting contrast in Born on the Fourth of July where Stone pushes on all the American…
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Item 4. A film about War
regrettably visioned to an epic film about the effects of war. understandably, for easier comprehension, a main lead served as catalyst to introduce, explain, sympathize, and to easily discern to everyone the real perils of how the limits of one's mind could cope with the dangers of a very sparring experience. in which, Tom Cruise, suitably, gave his all and shown a very powerful performance to push the limits of how the film is expected to go to; very well-deserved. however, the bravado of war is still felt up until the end of the film, it created a contradiction, a false acceptance to the film's truest form. much more, there are a lot of excesses that only delivered too many extras despite having it easier hopefully.
A good movie but a truly outstanding performance from Cruise.
berdasarkan kisah nyata. kisahnya tentang Ron Kovic (Tom Cruise), seorang veteran perang vietnam yg mengalami lumpuh akibat tembakan di medan perang. kasihan banget, dulu mengira perjuangannya di vietnam akan dihargai oleh masyarakat, namun nyatanya gak ada yg peduli. belum lagi kesalahan yg diperbuat sewaktu perang. sekarang yg diperolehnya hanya penyesalan seumur hidup.
penggambaran sesi perawatan para pejuang yg luka-luka di rumah sakit tajem banget, miris lihatnya. adegan pahit saat Ron menangis perih pas lagi bercinta, organ seksualnya sudah gak berfungsi
This film plays better in this recent viewing, though I still believe the first half hour is much too overwrought even for Oliver Stone. I can understand that Stone wants to indulge his inner-Capra, as he often does, to present unfiltered suburban America, but this section may have needed a more subtle touch to make what Ron Kovic loses later in the film seem less foreshadowed. Except for Cruise, even most of the performances seem off in this section and the direction just seems to be striving for big moments through slow motion, as well as one of John Williams' most distracting scores not done for Steven Spielberg.
But then the film goes to Vietnam and Stone doesn't flinch from…
I'm not sure what Tom Cruise was drawing on for his role of Vietnam vet Ron Kovic but it didn't work for me, His performance smacked of trying too hard and over acting and I was never convinced he was the character he was trying to portray.
Cruise was excellent in Magnolia. Then again the role of Frank T.J. Mackey demanded emotion and a great deal of shouting. A trait Cruise has come to be overly fond of. That asides I feel his range is extremely limited.
Rarely a film goes by when L Ron Hubbard's disciple hasn't shouted, albeit in his own distinctive way. And his lack lustre and at times over-the-top performance as Ron Kovic set the tone…
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