This movie screams: "I AM NOT ALEX CAIN""Heart of Darkness"....ever read it? GREAT book! Ever see "Apocalypse Now"? Great flick, one of the all time best. FFC's $20 million dollar "independent" film paints pictures on the screen that stay with you forever. Martin Sheen's pre-Stallone Rambo gets sent on a "liquidation" mission to terminate renegade Col Kurtz (Marlon Brando in a "what the fuck was THAT" role). Along the way he runs into Air Cav commander Robert Duvall, who likes to play Wagner to scare the holy hell out of Cong villages he flattens (God I love the smell of napalm in the morning..it smells like...vistory).
What was supposed to be a George Lucas project until FFC hijacked it plays out like an LSD induced nightmare. Not until Platoon would Vietnam ever look so hellish again. Coppola's vision, up there on the screen, is both painful and joyous to behold. Painful in its subject matter, the horror of Vietnam, joyous in its over the top film style, combined with images so subtle you do not realize you saw them until days later when they hit you in the middle of the night..(DAMN they REALLY cut that bull's head off!!!).
A tight masterpiece, deserving of all the praise it has gotten over the years. Martin Sheen almost died for this picture, and his performance, if he had died, would have been a great way to go out. Brando is..well, Brando. He both distracts and dominates the screen. Dennis Hopper is whacked out as usual, believe me he was NOT acting! And a young Laurence Fishburne displays the raw talent that has elevated him to this day.If this was the Apocalypse, we'd all be fucked and working at Subway.