Chris Taylor, a neophyte recruit in Vietnam, finds himself caught in a battle of wills between two sergeants, one good and the other evil. A shrewd examination of the brutality of war and the duality of man in conflict.
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Stone is a cinematic maximalist, for better or worse. Platoon's influence on war films is unmistakeable, but it lacks the poetic psychological depth of Malick's 'The Thin Red Line' or the haunting grace of Kubrick's 'Paths of Glory'. Iconic and distinctive (like many Stone films) but also a film in caps lock.
Beyond the personal nostalgia and requirements of basic storytelling, Platoon is a film about the impression of light. From the blue wash of the morning manoeuvres, to the flares (used to light the jungle during the final act), the progression, from naturalism to the abstract, suggests the madness of war as a literal descent. Stone's ambition to convey emotion and psychology through experimentation begins here.
What Malik said! Don't know why I've never seen this before... but there ya go.
Scary to see fresh young Charlie Sheen in this and then on the news looking pasty sick underweight and sounding decidedly delusional ...
This is a film that stays consistent. Its right in the thick of it and moves quickly.It leaves little time to really appreciate the characters but i thought the actors worked well together. Its also good to see Charlie Sheen at his best.
A solid, competent war movie, nothing more, nothing less. There's nothing wrong with it, per se, but there are just so many "war is hell" movies that you really need something special or distinct to stand out and this one had nothing, nothing I haven't seen many times before. This gets an unremarkable C.