apocalypse now review

575 WordsMar 29, 20093 Pages
Apocalypse Now Apocalypse now was one of many post Vietnam War movies to debut in the late seventies. Starting in Saigon with a special operations soldier receiving kill orders on a highly decorated Army Colonel, to a climactic finish deep in the Cambodian jungle, this film runs the gamut of human emotional turmoil. The pace is fast moving and the viewer is captivated from the first scene. Inspired by Joseph Conrads novel Heart of Darkness, Francis Ford Coppola brought to life all the real horrors of the Vietnam war. Coppola showed the darkness that came out of this war, through the eyes of the men who fought it. Filmed in the Philippines this motion picture’s depiction of Vietnam and military operations during the late 1960’s in this region, seemed spot on. The plot of Apocalypse Now is based on Army Captain Benjamin Willard’s (Martin Sheen) acceptance of a secretive mission to travel down the Nung River by boat and assassinate a Green Beret Colonel named Kurtz (Marlon Brando), who has gone insane. Colonel Kurtz has taken his men and an indigenous tribe deep into the jungle of Cambodia and is conducting illegal guerilla operations against the Viet Cong and the North Vietnamese Army. Kurtz has become a God to his men and the tribe of followers. This film is narrated through the eyes of Captain Williard and captivates the audience with his insights of war and the mission he has decided to take. To begin his journey a Navy Patrol Boat takes him from civilization into the jungle. It seems as the Patrol Boat gets further from civilization, Captain Willard thoughts and sanity also begin to stray from the civilized. “I was going to the worst place in the world, and I didn’t even know it yet. Weeks away and hundreds of miles up a river that snaked through the war like a main circuit cable plugged straight into Kurtz. It was no accident
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