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04/07/2012 (0 of 1 found this helpful)

Good, not amazing

First, i want to say that i don't know much about conditions in vietnam war and therefore i don't know how true this film is . However it is well known that there were undisciplined soldiers in that war, was it so much as it is shown in this movie, i dont know.
Also i have to say i dont really like Oliver Stone but noone can deny him few brilliant scripts he made at the begining of his career (Scarface, Conan). Among these good Oliver stone movies is Platoon. As i said before i dont know how accurate it is but i definitly can imagine that these things happened. And they are shown pretty well.
Battles are ok, some are very intense, later nothing special. Just not intense enough (maybe budget?). Characters are smartly written. Idea is good but script is just ok, but its not amazing like A...

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03/05/2012 (0 of 1 found this helpful)

Platoon review

Viewing this again just makes you appreciate how great a director Stone is and how horrific and heart wrenching it is to be part of a war. The film starts off slow with an ambush at night and a bonding of troops. it gets interesting after the booby trap explosion. The platoon consists of the humane Sergeant Elias (Willem Dafoe), austere Staff Sergeant Bob Barnes (Tom Berenger), Chris Taylor (Charlie Sheen), Sergeant "Red" O'Neill (John C. McGinley) and many more.

Its elegant score and detailed direction were sensational. Performances were sincere despite the number of quality stars as supporting roles like (Depp and Whitaker) and scenes very realistic. Staff Sgt. Barnes - “Take the pain.” Chris Taylor – “Day by day I struggle to maintain not only my strength but also my sanity.” ...

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08/26/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Graphic realiztion of the Vietnam War.

This film is timeless and describes the reality of the Vietnam war better than any other. This film is not hollywood and it is not surreal. It is reality. The film does try to be black and white and is not afraid to show the complexities facing fighting men in Vietnam. However, the real greatness of this film is in the gritty realism of the characters. Stone gathered a great and diverse collection of actors. Each character well developed and unique. In deed, the viewers are allowed to look at these characters and choose which one best represents them and in that, perhaps sees how they might have done in Vietnam. Charlie Sheen's character is innocence, heading for war. When he arrives in Vietnam, he must make the choice of what kind of soldier he will be. Will he emulate Sargent Barnes, a ...

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11/21/2007 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Review - Platoon (1986)

Pvt. Chris Taylor (Charlie Sheen) was a fresh face in the Vietnam war, and the second he arrived he knew it would be tough. His discovery of the worth of life is explored in the Best Picture winning film, “Platoon.”

So this is why Sheen still gets work. I’d been wondering, since I’ve never liked anything he’s done, but it looks like that’s changed now. “Platoon” is a truly amazing film to watch, as it was written by somebody who was there and actually experienced the events that took place. Okay, maybe not all of them, but the spirit is there.

Director Oliver Stone really seems to capture the tragedy of war in a new light that is rarely seen in cinema. Rather than having a two hour movie saying how bad war is, it’s a movie that shows what war is, and why it happens. It’s a very deep...

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