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Apocalypse Now (1979) Movie Reviews

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04/12/2016 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Herz der Finsternis

Francis Ford Coppolas Apocalypse Now wurde beeinflusst von Joseph Conrads Roman Heart Of Darkness über einen Europäer namens Kurtz, der den schnellsten Weg zum Kongo anpeilt und sich dabei als eine Art Gott etabliert. Man schickt ein Boot, ihn zu suchen, wobei aber der Erzähler sein Vertrauen in die Zivilisation verliert. Er wird niedergerungen von der der Macht des Dschungels, in dem ein erbarmungsloser Darwinismus herrscht: Jedes Lebewesen versucht tagtäglich, nicht besiegt, nicht gefressen zu werden. Am Ende geht es weniger darum, Kurtz gefunden zu haben, sondern das Wissen zu teilen, dessen Kurtz gewahr wurde. Unser tägliches Leben wird als fragiles Gebilde enttarnt, das von der unbarmherzigen Gewalt der Wildnis einfach verschlungen wird. Wie sieht ein glückliches Leben aber aus? Am b...

 

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memento_mori
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08/27/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

'This is the end, my beautiful friend.'

Okay, I have humility.
Just like with The Wizard of Oz, I now really like a movie I never cared much for: Apocalypse Now.
On the surface it looked like another America-empowerment war movie.
For a long time I thought it wasn't right that so many people loved the helicopter scene and the cruel and unorthodox intentions of Kilgore and other soldiers. Then I thought about why people liked them so much. And I became fascinated by these characters.

Just like I thought originally, the direction is amazing. The use of the colors red, yellow, blue and green is infatuating and beautiful. The framework is awe-inspiring, especially in the opening sequences, edited with slides of Capt. Willard on top of them. I never knew a war movie could look so enthralling.
When I was done watching the movi...

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4/4 

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worleyjamers
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06/29/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Apocalypse Now

This film is really hard for me to review because while it's regarded as one of the best, I hated it immensely. Yes, there are qualities that were pretty perfect like the acting (Brando, Duvall, and Hopper especially), cinematography, and music, but it's so slow! So slow that it got boring in the middle and I just could not for the life of me get into it. Because I was unable to get into the film, the "brilliant" ending had literally zero effect on me, leaving me confused as to why this is so highly acclaimed. To be perfectly honest, I couldn't wait for this movie to end, I disliked it that much. However, I do respect the fact that I'm in the (tiny) minority of viewers who don't like the film, and so I still recommend it. It does (somehow) garner a 99% critics rating and a 93% viewer rati...

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2/4 

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03/04/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Apocalypse Now review

Viewing this masterpiece makes you appreciate the goal and brilliance of its director despite several production concerns. A story of how one man (or even a few) can change because of lies and his environment. Captain Benjamin L. Willard (Martin Sheen) was given a special assignment by Lt. General Corman (G. D. Spradlin) and Colonel Lucas (Harrison Ford) to eliminate the deranged Colonel Walter E. Kurtz (Marlon Brando). Willard’s mission is aided by Navy Patrol Boat (PBR) commanded by George "Chief" Phillips (Albert Hall) crewmen Lance Johnson (Sam Bottoms), Jay "Chef" Hicks (Frederic Forrest) and, and Tyrone "Mr. Clean" Miller (Laurence Fishburne). His team meets with the flamboyant Lieutenant Colonel Bill Kilgore (Robert Duvall). As Willard gets close to Kurtz, he encounters an ecl...

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01/13/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"Apocalypse Now" by Yojimbo

A black ops assassin is sent into the jungles of South East Asia to hunt down and kill a one-time career military golden boy who has turned renegade and began operating outside of the chain of command. Francis Ford Coppola's dream-like journey through the horrors and absurdities of the Vietnam war, like 2001: A Space Odyssey before it, is more an experience than a story with any kind of strict middle, beginning and end. It's not the destination that's important. It's chock full of memorable performances from Martin Sheen's Willard who becomes fascinated with his target and shares more in common with him than he'd like to admit, through to Brando's towering presence as the rarely seen, shadow enshrouded god of war who has tired of the hypocritical "rules of engagement". Not forgetting Kilg...

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4/4 

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ryan
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05/21/2010 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

An Original

To describe this movie as insane would be an understatement. I think this movie is spectacular, don't get me wrong ,but its peculiarity is above and beyond which, i think, is what makes it such a good movie. You will remember this movie in greater detail than other movies, even the ones you like more than this one because of the way it was created. It's anti-conflict message shines through in every way that would seem acceptable to the story line. Alot of people seem to think that this is the only message the movie has to offer but it is not. Most of the idea the film tries to get across is the way America tries to stick its nose in, and ultimately overreact to everything it deems as a conflict of interest wether it is or isn't in the eyes of the rest of the world. The vietnam war itself...

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10/17/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

War in harsh reality.

Apocalypse Now is a stunning film on many levels. Visually remarkable, thematically frightening, filled with haunting and dream-like sequences that show the horror and insanity of war in intense detail, it is a film that can be watched and re-watched endlessly without ever failing to throw up new surprises. It was greeted with huge controversy when released in 1979, and almost thirty years on remains as powerful an experience. One thing that has altered over the years is the critical reaction to Marlon Brando's performance as the renegade Colonel Kurtz. Initially, Brando's performance was heavily criticised for being impenetrable and inscrutable , but over the years the cleverness of his interpretation of Kurtz has become more apparent. Kurtz is a man alternately psychotic and eccentric, ...

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3.5/4 

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12/02/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Best movie ever.

This is indeed the best movie ever made. Acting, directing, editing by Walter Murch, the score, Vittorio Storaro's freakishly beautiful cinematography, the sound design, the location, the art direction....EVERYTHING about this movie is a triumph over everything else. Why? Because it is very much the most impossible movie ever made. It took several years to make, actors went through several health issues, the director himself going through a terrible bout of depression, jungles exploding, cattle being chopped up, Marlon Brando not knowing his lines....And everything on the most epic scale for filmmaking since Lawrence of Arabia. This movie had everything going against it, and it came through not only as a finished film but as a masterpiece both from an aesthetic and an entertainment p...

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4/4 

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