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The first half of Kubrick's movie steers clear of South East Asia altogether, focusing on the dehumanising training programme undergone by a group of novice US Marines. Then, after a suitably melodramatic bloodbath, the action switches to 'Nam, where star recruit Pvt Joker (Modine) soon tires of his behind-the-lines job as military journalist and provokes his CO into sending him forth into the shit. Black but obvious irony abounds, madness and racist bigotry are rampant, and a muddled moral message arises from the mire of a sprawling second half when the cynical, nominally heroic Joker finally learns to kill. None of which is to suggest that the film is bad; despite a certain stereotyping and predictability there are moments of gripping interest. Finally, however, Kubrick's direction is as steely cold and manipulative as the régime it depicts, and we never really get to know, let alone care about, the hapless recruits on view.
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1987

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116 mins

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Gort

This movie has one of the rarest portrayal of real psychology of soldiers and because of that I appreciate it especially after those purified war movies like "Saving private Ryan" and "Band of brothers" which tend to portray soldiers as innocent lost boys.

Gort

This movie has one of the rarest portrayal of real psychology of soldiers and because of that I appreciate it especially after those purified war movies like "Saving private Ryan" and "Band of brothers" which tend to portray soldiers as innocent lost boys.

B Thom

This review is just trying to be different. The movie is precise and flawless. There is a reason the lines of the drill Sargent stick with you forever, the reason is excellence and this movie is filled with it. Watch it.

B Thom

This review is just trying to be different. The movie is precise and flawless. There is a reason the lines of the drill Sargent stick with you forever, the reason is excellence and this movie is filled with it. Watch it.

john

See this masterpiece, if you haven’t. This review is an insult to the memory of a great artist. You can parse Vietnam any way you like, and certainly Kubrick pushes many horror-of-the-Vietnam-war buttons, but his vision is clearly universal. The first part of the film is really about the uses of language and various disciplines to harness and control the powers of young men to do the biddings of Power. You see that the gibberish of drill sergeants is purposeful and effective. It’s all coolly detached ― until it isn’t. The second part is a voyage into fire and death. Kubrick seems to suggest that the voyage is half-feared/half-welcomed, though his vision is somewhat ironic. But how else can you frame the stupidities of Power when on the ground it pointlessly snuffs out the lives of half-comprehending people? It’s as if Kubrick ennobles the soldiers through his peerless technique. As for characterization, the characters are fully human and each interesting in different ways. The Joker is a young untried man, boxed in by things he knows are dubious at best. What does he really know? What can he really do? Hold onto his sense of self and march into the conflagration with his buddies. Modine is perfect as the Joker. His smile, a haunting ‘no’ to the craziness that is engulfing him…

john

See this masterpiece, if you haven’t. This review is an insult to the memory of a great artist. You can parse Vietnam any way you like, and certainly Kubrick pushes many horror-of-the-Vietnam-war buttons, but his vision is clearly universal. The first part of the film is really about the uses of language and various disciplines to harness and control the powers of young men to do the biddings of Power. You see that the gibberish of drill sergeants is purposeful and effective. It’s all coolly detached ― until it isn’t. The second part is a voyage into fire and death. Kubrick seems to suggest that the voyage is half-feared/half-welcomed, though his vision is somewhat ironic. But how else can you frame the stupidities of Power when on the ground it pointlessly snuffs out the lives of half-comprehending people? It’s as if Kubrick ennobles the soldiers through his peerless technique. As for characterization, the characters are fully human and each interesting in different ways. The Joker is a young untried man, boxed in by things he knows are dubious at best. What does he really know? What can he really do? Hold onto his sense of self and march into the conflagration with his buddies. Modine is perfect as the Joker. His smile, a haunting ‘no’ to the craziness that is engulfing him…

Dan

I think it's a cop-out to have given the film such a low rating when the director's intentions were clearly to have in force some of the very things you claim detracts from it (racist bigotry, killing of innocents, dehumanization). That is the nature of war. There's no use in sugar-coating something that is rightfully, as you claim, "steely cold."

Dan

I think it's a cop-out to have given the film such a low rating when the director's intentions were clearly to have in force some of the very things you claim detracts from it (racist bigotry, killing of innocents, dehumanization). That is the nature of war. There's no use in sugar-coating something that is rightfully, as you claim, "steely cold."

Quick Ben

I've said it before, I'll say it again. This website obviously dose not watch the films it's reviewing. Every film of any significance has been given a bad review.

Quick Ben

I've said it before, I'll say it again. This website obviously dose not watch the films it's reviewing. Every film of any significance has been given a bad review.