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Apocalypse Now

by

Roger Davidson

Apocalypse Now
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Probably the greatest war (or anti-war, depending on how you perceive it) movie ever made. Based partially on Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness, it follows the exploits of one Capt. Willard (Martin Sheen) who journeys into Vietnam to assassinate Col. Kurtz (Marlon Brando), who has gone insane and has set up a barbaric camp deep in the jungles of Southeast Asia. Along with a small group of soldiers, Sheen travels up river into an odyssey, full of unusual encounters. When they finally reach Brando's lair, the movie shifts into the murky depths of Brando's camp and his mind.

Francis Ford Coppola has created a masterpiece that is equal to The Godfather. This movie is rich in excellent performances by Sheen, Laurence Fishburne, as a teenage recruit, Robert Duvall as Kilgore, the man who "Loves the smell of napalm in the mourning" and Brando as the mad Kurtz. It's also a brilliant retelling of Conrad's classic novel and there are some truly awe-inspiring scenes of horror and madness, the true nature of war. It is the type of film that blows your mind, no matter how many times you see it.

My Rating = Four Stars


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