Pada menit-menit awal saya digiring dengan percakapan-percakapan yang kadang tegas tapi terkesan lucu. Hingga kemudian saya mulai merasakan dilema, ketika ada seorang prajurit yang tak pernah bisa mandiri, harus selalu dibantu dan dimotivasi. Namun nyatanya si prajurit merasa tertekan sampa menembak komandannya dan bunuh diri. Film yang dilematis dari seorang prajurit marinir.
The entire first half of the movie where the recruits are drilled for Vietnam action by the hard R.Lee Ermey is fantastic and the best part of the film as Vincent D'Onofrio is transformed from a dim-witted and nice big boy to a brainwashed killer. The second film disappoint by going the traditional war movie route but also show how war criminality is easy when one is scared and trapped in the middle. Powerful.
I wish it were more about the Vietnamese victims of the war than its American casualties, tho I appreciate that the killing of the sniper (Ngoc Le) at the end of the film signals the impossible cultural divide that exists for an American filmmaker trying to communicate the Vietnamese experience of the war. All the same, probably the war film I respect the most as it neither glorifies nor lectures. A chilling machine.
The message of dehumanization of soldiers would have been more effective if the characters didn't feel mostly emotionless from the start.Even the protagonist was flat.Who are these men?Dehumanization and the consequences of killing are given themes in a war movie.I expected Kubrick to present those themes in a more distinctive way.This film feels kind of hollow but it has its good moments, especially in the 1st part.