An American soldier who has lost his arms, legs, eyes, ears, mouth, and nose in WWI wavers back and forth between his memories and harsh reality. He remains frustrated, until he discovers a unique way to communicate—and makes a daring request.
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Dalton Trumbo's muddled adaptation of his own novel takes a fascinating story and reduces it to a dull, tedious melodrama, complete with some misguided, forced attempts at surrealism. Cheaply-made with murky photography and overwrought performances - the whole film has a rushed, amateurish feel to it. A major disappointment as it's the sole directorial effort from screenwriting legend Trumbo.
I'm happy that I decided to watch this film. As someone else said, parts seemed a little dragged out. However, I think you'll either love it or hate it. I found it to be powerful and saddening. ithink it was meant to be an eye-opener for the consequences of war. I could feel John's frustration while trying to cope in his situation; but also imagining myself in his position would be enough to sink me into depression
A nightmare. Handless, legless, faceless product of people's hand. The picture of it stays with you long enough to hate the thought about it. As a pacifist, I find it as a great attempt to make an antiwar movie. Trumbo was successful. I was unhappy.
Más que un filme perturbador, "Johnny cogió el fusil" es una interesante lectura existencial, esta sostenida bajo los únicos pilares de un hombre "muerto": La memoria, los sueños y la imaginación. Estas se confunden y se manifiestan como medio de escape frente a la cruda realidad (una de colores grises). Johnny reflexiona temas como la fe, el despertar sexual y la misma muerte.