Friday, February 5, 2010

February 5, 2010

Platoon (1986)
#18 on my Top 100 List
As far as Vietnam War movies go, this is not the hardest to watch, but it's definitely up there. The village scene alone is brutal - it doesn't shy away from showing some of the more horrific things that soldiers were capable of during that conflict. This might also be the one and only time that Willem Dafoe doesn't look at all creepy. There are bit parts by Forest Whitaker and Johnny Depp, an impressive starring turn by Charlie Sheen and a seriously-disturbing performance by Tom Berenger as the sadistic Sgt. Barnes. Oliver Stone does a very good job of making Vietnam seem a lot like hell, especially during firefights, through a lot of confusing camera work and a lot of rainy shoots. The audience, just like the soldiers, never knows where the next shot is coming from.
My Netflix rating: 5 stars

*Just one more day to go!*

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