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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…
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…
Watched on the First of May
Whilst I appreciate Stone’s earlier Platoon for the way it handled the rawness of war and the pain brought about by it, there’s very little within Born on the Fourth of July which left me caring and involved within what should be a brutal story about a man recovering from war after losing all feeling in his legs. Cruise does some very commendable work and its arguably one of his finest performances, but Stone’s direction here seems so haphazard and unfulfilled that Cruise’s efforts become ultimately worthless. Stone, potentially caught up by the brilliance of Platoon’s “Adagio for Strings”, goes all out to portray explosive emotion at any opportunity possible, but it just felt overbearing and distracting me from the gritty atmosphere I wanted from Born on the Fourth of July. I just never felt anything.
A part of the conflict that people rarely see: The tragedy of war seen from the eyes of the veterans and how so many soldiers just return home to face yet another war trying to get their life back on track.
Granted, maybe a little exaggerated at times but Tom Cruise really gives one hell of a good performance in this movie showing every emotion, situation and inner conflict with a lot of commitment.
Many right-wing idiots who still live with a mindset of the Cold War era discredit this movie calling it leftist "propaganda" but facts are facts...
Raw, tragic, and it shows a pretty compelling anti-war message. Easily one of Oliver Stone´s best pictures.
Here's a boring comparison from a boring Englishman who has no right in liking anything to do with this film nor what I'm comparing it to. A simple comparison it is, and that's with Bruce Springsteen's (Oh not that fucker again!?) often misunderstood 'Born In The USA', and in particular the song of the name (rather than the album).
That song is essentially confusing rhetoric not all dissimilar to the confusing rhetoric which lead to the support of the Vietnam war in the first place; initially it was viewed as some sort of rallying call, "USA! USA! USA!" which it sort of was in its own way but really it was mostly about the returning Vietnam veterans who were vilified…
Certainly well-acted but there’s an overall feeling of disconnect between the material and its presentation.
Although it doesn't stand up well against the better biopics we have today, this is still a great insight into the effects the war at had Vietnam vets. Cruise gives a thoroughly committed performances - perhaps trying a little too hard at times. The more personal sections, such as Kovic's impotence, are the most engaging and thought-provoking. Stone deserved his Oscar.
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