Apocalypse Now

directed by Francis Ford Coppola
List(s):"Movie One"
Category: "War"
Year of Release:1979
Date Added:12/31/2014
Date Watched:06/29/2015
Description:During the Vietnam War, Captain Willard (Martin Sheen) is sent into the jungles of Cambodia to kill Colonel Kurtz (Marlon Brando) who has gone off the reservation and set up a little fiefdom of his own with the natives, killing anybody who gets in his way. Willard joins the crew of a boat to travel up the river. Along the way, they fall in with Lieutenant Colonel Kilgore (Robert Duvall), who attacks and destroys a village so he can go surfing on the nearby beach. Two of the four crewmen on the boat are killed before they get to Kurtz's camp and another is beheaded by Kurtz's natives when he tries to call in an air attack. Willard is taken prisoner, then allowed to wander about. He comes to the conclusion that Kurtz wants to be killed, so he hacks him to death with a machete, walks through the silent native army and takes off in the boat with the remaining crewman.
My Rating:3

Reviews for Apocalypse Now

Review - Apocalypse Now

A retelling of Conrad's Heart of Darkness. Bizarre lighting, colored smoke, explosions and weird shadows are used to set the tone while the actors behave as randomly and strangely as possible. I get it — war is absurd, Americans are evil and mankind is prone to darkness. Just like in Conrad's book, the point is hard to miss because for more than two hours I was hit over the head with it. In the end, it's all so wacky that it's stupid and the only ones who could truly pretend to get a meaningful message from it are those who are as stoned as the actors were on set. I can't stand Marlon Brando (he was 88 pounds over the weight he was supposed to be for this movie and hadn't bothered to read the script) and he actually managed to make what was already a train-wreck of a movie even worse.

I can now understand the cultural references to this movie, but I'll never watch it again.
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