“ The reasons for me saying this are : I am very fond of war-movies placed in the 20th Century since all the major conflicts of the modern era created the world as it is today, and you will find this one to change your perception about the Vietnam-War that you thought you knew; if you want to see Charlie Sheen's best portrayal of his life you might want to check out this movie; there are a lot of young actors (at the time) in incredibly convincing roles; you have Willem Dafoe and Tom Berenger as opposite archetypes; you have intense fight scenes with an outstanding cinematography; the movie is filled with likable characters and even some funny moments and, to top it all - there is compassion, realism and a true sense of revelation through insight present in the story!
“ It has strong acting, spectacular special effects, lots of rain and night shots (and snakes and bugs), a lot of death from every possible cause, and a steady, suspenseful pace.
“All of the actors involved had to endure two weeks of intense training and exercises which were aimed to teach them exactly what it was like to be a soldier in Vietnam, and in the making of this film there were moments when they really seemed to believe that they were there.
“ The photography is confusing and violent, the lighting leaves movement and perception in doubt, the sanity of the characters is fragile, the scoring is both epic and nostalgic.
“ It was the firm movie that I ever walked out of at the end where the crowd was dead quiet.
“ It is one of the most intense scenes I've seen in a war film.
“ The last battle is breathtaking to say the least.
“ It's quite graphic and yet enjoyable to watch as Oliver Stone digs deep into what many soldiers were like back then.
“ As much cliché as it sounds, i didn't blink once throughout the movie as this movie will be a through entertainer and a sad remainder of the past.
“ Full Metal Jacket and The Thin Red Line are more raw and engaging than this film will ever be.
“Decades later, Platoon remains an intriguing blend of the political and the personal, with Stone turning his memories and his opinions about Vietnam into a potent drama.
“ They developed an intense in-group bonding.
“" He's re-living it all over again, and it makes for compelling listening.
“ It is a thrilling, well-acted film that in some scenes, especially the death of a character whom I will not reveal, even succeeded in bringing tears to my eyes.
“ Besides the preaching, all of these characters are rather predictable card board cutouts.
“ Elias, who is slightly more humanitarian, believes that the war is already lost and has deeply immersed himself in drugs just to escape the grim realities of Vietnam.
“ It's powerful, moving, riveting, and shows what the Vietnam War was really like.
“ The battles are deftly handled and reflect the chaos and confusion they find themselves in (noticeable particularly in the final battle).
“ I am not knocking this film though, I thought it was an entertaining piece of work and a strong comment on the atrocities of war.
“ Platoon is as gritty, intense and devastating as any war film you're likely to find, in any language.
“ It paints a hair-gripping portrait at fighting during the Vietnam War with strong attention to graphic details based on extremely true and tense situations.
“ The destruction of the small village was almost too hard to watch, and the final battle was intense as well as magnificent.
“ Watching it the first time was mind blowing.
“ It is described by many as:one of the best (if not the best) film on war ever made,better than Apocalypse NowFor the first point, I am pretty sure than a lot of better things have been done on war; for the second point, I am on the edge of crying when thinking that some people dare compare it to Apocalypse Now !...
“ Ever since Steven Spielberg wowed the cinematic world and changed the aesthetic of the war movie forever with the exceptional opening 25 minutes of 1998's Saving Private Ryan - the film went downhill from there - audiences have come to expect the same grainy camera-work and ultra-realism of Spielberg's breathtaking vision whenever a battle is depicted.
“ Emotionally engaging.
“ But the problem with Platoon's characterization is that it tries to cover too many different people at once, making it a bit hard to follow each character.
“ Either way they find a way to make it more intense.
“After 10-odd years in which Stone's paranoia has become a Hollywood cliche, plus a new generation that yawns at "Platoon"'s level of violence, it still holds up as a simple coming of age story, horrifically told.
“ I was 18 at the top, prime drafting age and thought of war as exciting and would jump at the chance.
“ Visually stunning movie of a combat platoon in Vietnam.
“ the language in it is the most intense though.
“ But, as the Vietnam War dragged on, he began to lose this hope.
“ The film is ultra intense during certain scenes and brutally sad in others and especially during a scene where villagers are attacked and we're not even sure if they're guilty or not.
“ Engaging look at the war in Vietnam .
“ Pretentious,predictible,and very overrated (POSSIBLE spoiler) .
“ Elsewhere in the world, such films were viewed as just more tedious propaganda, which served only to further rob entire generations of a right to factual information and further mythologise a deliberately obfuscated war.
“I don't agree with that because the film actually had more to it, but it a way, I can see what this person is trying to say: this had no real plot - which is a point i agree with.
“The (very) ending is perhaps a little contrite & too nicely packaged, which smells of studio interference; but for the other 99% of the movie I was totally immersed in the raw energy & emotion these soldiers gave supporting a country they probably never knew existed and for a reason they were never properly told.
“ The frustration, the confusion, the helplessness and the rage that springs through it is captured brilliantly by the director.
“it was real boring and far from actuality it was as if they were making a mockery of a serious war dancing and partying around you would hardly have time for all that in the middle of a war.
“ It struck me as a too predictable and due to that not very convincing.
“ I thought it was extremely compelling!!!
“ Brainwashed by propaganda, they were "for war" without even thinking about it.
“ told by Stone in a powerful and gripping story of innocence lost and the horrors of war discovered.
“ Every performance is stunning and captures the very real fear of war.
“ So gripping, so mesmerizing.
“ It is enjoyable viewing after viewing.
“ It makes for an uncomfortable film but one that's worth watching.
“" had already worked out that subject in the most stunning way.
“ I do believe that this movie gives a fair shot of how it might've been being an American trooper down there in those flood deltas, and the way Oliver delivers this story to the viewer it's simply amazing and stunning.
“ The depiction of the squad on night ambush, trying to stay awake in the rain after humping the bush all day--truly a realistically miserable portrayal.
“ Platoon made a lot of money at the box office, mainly because Stone has the ability to make a film entertaining no matter what it's about.
“ Through emotional transitional elements of firefights and explosions he creates an on the edge of your seat feeling that keeps the action real from beginning to end.
“ Elias (played by Willem Defoe), it's very difficult to follow the characters.
“While this is just scratching the surface when it comes to dealing with the film's theme, Platoon on its own is a brilliantly well crafted; atmospheric and engaging film that shocks and pulls at your emotional strings with haunting music and issues that surround war.
“ It's practically non-stop and will keep you on the edge of your seat.
“ Its hard to know where to start with such a breathtaking film.
“ This mercilessly intense movie is definitely not for the faint of heart.
“ The Philippines had only sent military personnel there for relief duties, but of all the countries involved both Vietnams and the US bore most of the combat losses of the war, and so many veterans suffered so much like Sheen here in the film.
“ Dr Lull invites the vets to use the opportunity to express their feelings and recollections about Vietnam, prompted by what they've just seen.
“ His Voice-over is monotone and boring, as is most of his performance.
“ Hello fellow readers, this is a review of a film I had already reviewed but decided my old review was too dull so here is my new and improved Platoon review.
“ Hundreds of the enemy is advancing, but Sheen picks up is machine gun and sprints through the jungle and kills about 40 of them just because he had an adrenaline burst, give me a break.
“ I do believe that Platoon was more of a throwback to World War II movies in the sense that it focused on the dynamics of the soldiers immersed in actual battles with the enemy.
“But after all I'm the kind of guy who thinks Saving Private Ryan (1997) was a terrible waste of time, apart from Janusz Kaminski's (Schindler's List, A.
“ Despite mass protests across the nation against films as dire and unoriginal as this, those in control went ahead and subjected countless thousands of young men (and a few unfortunate woman who were dragged along) to an inhumane experience of almost two hours excruciating tedium.
“ Forrest Whittaker, Kevin Dillon and Johnny Depp are enjoyable to watch as well simply because they are so darn young.
“ To remember those who gave their life in a confusing war.
“Colorful and evocative cinematography by Robert Richardson .
“ PLATOON is an intense character piece where we experience the war through the eyes of someone going into a nightmare situation without knowing what to expect (just like the viewer).
“ Directed by Oliver Stone, whose personal experiences in the Vietnam War were inspirations for the film's script, makes this movie simply stunning.
“ Several films have been based on the infamous Vietnam War, 'Full Metal Jacket' was one of those oh-so stunning films.
“ The film is visually stunning while at the same time bearing witness to the impact of war on the human psyche.
“Enough boring stuff.
“ Obviously I wasn't in Vietnam so I can't exactly say whether it is, but I found Tim O'Brien's "The Things They Carried" to be a lot more compelling and realistic-feeling than Platoon.
“ The piece always manages to maintain at least some semblance of narrative amongst the battles and boredom of long-form infantry life.
“ Oliver Stone, regardless of what else he has done or will do, will always be remembered for his stunning creation of this film.
“However, other than a few mere complaints, the movie is dramatic, compelling and by definition: Oscar-worthy.
“While budget and resources limited the scope of what could be done here (no CGI), Oliver Stone dispenses with big spectacle battle scenes and instead focuses on a riveting, engaging and indeed very moving storyline, complemented by great actors and some really nice photography and production design of the Vietnamese jungle and villages, American camps etc.Now while I haven't seen EVERY war movie out there, this one certainly struck me as a definitive "anti-war" message (with its bloody, brutally realistic portrayal of the violence and insanity that goes hand in hand with war), the only recent war movie to match it, I believe, is "The Thin Red Line".
“ Its hard to know where to start with such a breathtaking film.
“ A clean-cut boy loses his innocence like shedding layers of skin as he is immersed into a situation where surviving is the only thing that matters.
“ But Stone's film is full of these cinematic moments that betray his intent - Sheen's cliché-ridden voice-over becomes quickly insufferable because it assumes so much of the other characters without ever giving evidence of their "heat and soul".
“ Despite that, this film is still worth watching, simply due to how well-directed and intense it is.
“ The lottery was televised and I remember sitting in a large room with about sixty guys and hearing the groans as the low numbers were drawn out of the hopper.
“ Stone's direction of the battle scenes was jumbled and confusing, leaving one squinting to determine what is going on.
“ Pretentious twaddle .
“ 'One War, Many Stories' finds a roomful of veterans treated to a special screening-cum-gestalt therapy, moderated by one Dr James Lull (formerly Army 1st Cavalry Division 1963-1966).
“ It was truly grew and I highly recommend it.
“ The ending of this film is truly intense – I haven't seen much like it – and will leave you feeling tired and emotionally drained afterwards.
“It is self-indulgent Stone at his best.
“ In Platoon you get a fairly predictable depiction of soldiers who would rather be partying, struggling through hip deep swamps and cutting their way through dense packed jungle-hunted at all times and none too happy about it.
“ It's a powerhouse of a film that is disturbing, intense, and at times, grotesque.
“On the upside however, willem dafoe was great as elias barns monologue on death was compelling and the closing battle sequence was the best depicted chaos of the Vietnam war.
“ Although Apocalypse Now had a number of moments of brilliance, but on the whole I think it suffers due to a disjointed script.
“ But the main characters of this gripping film are the other kids who daily are subjected to the horrors of life in the Vietnam jungles with the atrocious living conditions of filth, rain, heat, vermin, and the constant threat of the VC hidden in the atmosphere, ready to kill them at any moment.
“ this should be watch by all just for its intense drama through out........
“ Platoon was an unexpected exception.
“ The Cinematography is quite stunning in Platoon, probably the best cinematography I have seen in a war film.
“ It's teeming with dangers at every turn, be it the ants, the snakes or the Viet Cong better equipped for the harsh surroundings, the most frightening moment is when they fall asleep.
“ Platoon on the other hand is intense right from the get-go.
“ Oliver Stone also delivers a riveting screenplay with many scenes of engaging dialogue and interesting conversations (which were probably very close to what the real soldiers who fought over there talked about, ie, drugs (sometimes), women, what they are going to do when they get out, sports teams, etc.) The acting is nothing short of amazing in this romp of a film.
“ The biggest problem an ordinary GI would face was boredom.
“ Before the war, he was a rich kid who loved his grandma and it is how war changes him that is truly fascinating.
“ Their rivality is intense throught all the movie.
“ I did try to pay attention, but I think that part of my confusion was caused by the two of them not getting distinct enough introductions or dialogue.
“But what's worse is the way these films purport to be "anti-war", but then treat war as a coming-of-age ritual, a rights of passage into manhood in which our heroes endure exciting action sequences and then, at least in "Platoon's" case, benefit from these experiences (as explained in "Platoon's" excruciating final voice-over).
“ Platoon takes big leaps on its first act and slows down on its second one until which the track becomes predictable on its climatic sequence.
“ At times horrifying and intensely realistic, this study of comradeship and fighting in war is a stunning, albeit imperfect, piece of cinema.
“ Sheen plays the naive kid who volunteers for war in Vietnam where he undergoes a psychological meltdown of his own and his performance is compelling.
“ When it's played, it really helps us get immersed in the scenes due to the notes and beats in it.
“It is rare that I have had to endure such a boring experience from an otherwise regarded classic.
“ I also love the final battle scene it had lots of action and was very intriguing.
“ worst movie ever .
“ The story lacks the punch and worst of all is very predictable.
“ The enemy was all around, and there was an intense feeling of horror everytime the shooting started, as you never knew how it would end.
“Platoon received the praise it deserved, and it will be exciting to see which movie will join it among the list of best picture movies at the Oscars this year; it is well worth a watch and I thoroughly enjoyed the movie overall.
“ A sometimes shocking but always vivid and compelling war drama.
“ So, obviously this movie is loaded with Communist propaganda.
“ Elias, Kevin Dillon as Bunny, and, dare I say, even Charlie Sheen turns in a fine performance as Taylor), a gripping storyline, and some of the best dialogue I've ever heard in a movie.
“ stunning .
“ It's both invoking in the plot, but more engaging with its uniquely believable characters.
“ But Oliver Stone's direction and script has a "crusader" mentality that undercuts any complexity the film would have, and PLATOON ultimately emerges as determinedly anti-war to the point of propaganda; consequently it never digs as deep as you feel it should.
“ If you think Charlie Sheen is a stud, or you like watching fight scenes set in the jungle, don't waste any time.
“ Intense, difficult .
“ The acting is superb by all (the list is too long, although Tom Berenger, Charlie Sheen, and Willem Defoe take main characters), and each scene is a creation with only one goal in mind - to attempt an explanation of what it is to be a soldier in war.
“ The emotional impact of the film becomes deadened by over simplicity and the film becomes repetitive with Stone just lurching from one battle to the next.
“ Once the main character leaves the scene at the end of the movie, we feel in equal confusion and pain as he!
“ Painting a very grim but also realistic portrait of the horrors of war and also illustrating how it affects the psyche & moral ethics of even the bravest, Platoon is a terrific blend of expert direction, compact screenplay & engaging performances that is counted amongst the finest examples of warfare filmmaking and deservingly so.
“When I finally stumbled out of the movie I had been so immersed in this amazing drama my automatic reflex was to reach for my M16.
“All in all the acting was reasonably good however and the direction was good, with some of the action scenes being very confusing and I imagine all the more realistic for it.
“But it hardly matters in this one because there was very little plot up until that point of the film to twist around.
“ APOCALYPSE NOW is one of my all-time favorite films period, and FULL METAL JACKET is an intense view of a soldier's life from boot camp through the horrors of the war.
“ Charlie Sheen was excellent in this movie he does a really good job at portraying his character as a vulnerable and inexperienced soldier and it allowed the audience to relate to him more as a character and his one man war between his two sergeants is riveting to watch and gives us an impression as to how the war effected everybody in different ways, take Willem Dafoes character an upbeat sergeant trying to make the best out of this situation or Tom Berengers character a wounded, damaged soul having lost all hope of every regaining the humanity he lost.
“ This is the best war movie I have watched to date and would highly recommend it to anyone.
“ The action and dialogue mingle in a very entertaining, logical, and informative process.
“ The combat is so realistic, and the story is so compelling.
“ He boldly confronts all six with a fascinating rant ("I am reality") and challenges them to kill him.
“ The character story that always receives most praise however is that between Barnes (Tom Berenger) and Elias (Willem Dafoe) is very compelling and leads to some great scenes with them and carves an interesting divide within the camp.
“ Overall, the movie comes off too preachy, contrived, and dry with really two-dimensional—good or bad—characters, and in essence, just isn't worth it.
“ And there is no real plot.
“ The movie's story unravels a bit slow at the opening stages although with all those strong images of war.
“ Crafting a gripping and haunting film that brought out the nightmares of the horrors of war, Stone rightfully won his first Oscar for Best Director as well as Best Picture.
“ However intense you think this film is going to be, it is more than that.
“ well, the list can be infinite but most of what happened are included in this film with an intensive presence and thanks to Stone's directing feels like you are there fighting the war yourself.
“ Worth watching for anyone who enjoys war movies or mostly any movies.
“The movie, with its hallucinatory, nightmarish visual quality, captures the moral confusion and the increasing disintegration of soldiers who escape by getting stoned together.
“ Taylor goes in a fresh-faced youth, having idealised the soldier life and cast away the bores of college, and immediately finds himself out of his depth.
“ The acting is okay, but nothing more than that, the characters are dull and the "heroes" are beyond non-sympathetic, the script lacks depth, and the ending is terrible.
“Platoon's gripping and unmerciful story is told by soldier Chris Taylor (Charlie Sheen), a college dropout who put his education behind just to become a soldier.
“ That being said, I found Platoon, the 1986 Best Picture winner written and directed by Oliver Stone to be an engaging film.
“ A breathtaking film.
“How many vets bore such an existential crisis?
“Oliver Stone thoroughly deserved his best director Oscar for this riveting and heart rending motion picture, which also deservedly won best picture.
“ This movie is extremely powerful, dramatic, sad and suspenseful.
“The technical aspects of the film are superb, though one never thinks about them much, as the movie is completely engrossing.
“ There is no proper character/background introduction and the opening dialogue is very bland; as a result, the opening is quite stagnant and rather uninspiring.
“' begins with the young Stone "entertaining ideas of suicide", until Vietnam offered him an escape route; and Oliver was ravenous for it.
“ Oliver Stone, one of the best directors in the business, with this movie captures the intense drama, and experiences that he himself came to realize as a young Vietnam soldier.
“ Gripping battle scenes greatly contribute to this film, making it one of the best war films to date.
“), comes across as horrifically cliché.
“ Furthermore, Stone throws in every cliché (the village trial, the racist, the southern soldiers, the ineffective officer who almost always gets their men killed, the dope smoking, the war-as-being-high aesthetic etc) known to man.
“ gripping and powerful character study that analyzes the nature of man and war .
“in doing so, he started the trend of all successive war films (whether about this war or any other) needing to establish plausibility through tedious attention to detail.
“ soldier who, upon his arrival to Vietnam, quickly discovers that he must do battle not only with the Viet Cong, but also with the gnawing fear, physical exhaustion and intense anger growing within him.
“ The film is powerful and gripping.
“ Through this fascinating maze of characters and story is woven the moral tale of an everyday All American Boy Next Door who is figuring out that he has made one of the worst mistakes in his life so far.
“ A stunning look at reality, Great movie .
“ She had to leave after about the first hour because she said it was too intense.
“ waste of time its more about effects of war on human psyche conditions of war keeping up team morale etc Vietcong are just like ads in the movie.
“ This film is just perfect the way it shows how intense and brutal war can be, as evidenced by the bloody and ambush attack scenes, as a viewer can feel the hurt, pain and exhaustion of the soldiers.
“ Writer-Director Oliver Stone captures some raw brutal scenes and attempts in empowering the characters through it, creating a perfect arc for the plot line but fails to ask for attention and offer gripping screenplay to the audience.
“ One of the most intense films ever made.
“ And each group developed an intense antagonism for the other, an "us-against-them" set of attitudes.
“ The only things that saved it were the fight scenes, but even at that, they just seemed too predictable, and unrealistic.
“ There are some very intense scenes involving the execution of a mentally-ill Vietmanese man and a soldier raping a girl in a village.
“ All I know is whatever Stone based the situations and experiences in this on (or if he didn't base it on anything at all), he succeeds in thrilling and enthralling us throughout the entire runtime of 'Platoon'.
“Its a powerful and riveting scene which highlights the film's message against war,showing its inhumanity and absurdity in the most shocking way.
“ Film Review: "Platoon" (1986)When I recall my first of several each time differing experiences of watching "Platoon", when the first time had been somewhere in the mid-1990s on crappy television set, I had been hooked to this War-Action-Drama directed by Oliver Stone, whose film made such an immensely-intense impression on my emotional state of existence that the universal themes of Yin and Yang, Dark and Light impersonated by the ingeniously-written characters of Sgt.
“" For anyone who has not seen this film, I highly recommend it for a night when you want to have your perspective of good guys and bad guys and what war does to a man adjusted.
“ A film that is sometimes impossible to watch for its frighteningly intense and emotionally draining account of the Vietnam War as it is waged both on the battlefields and within the very souls of men.
“ Sheen turns in an absolutely stunning portrayal of a newbie grunt, while the supporting cast does a magnificent job to add life to the brutal story.
“ The downside I found, was that it seemed predictable once some basic character traits had been developed.
“ In this way, individuals are often forced into an extreme situation; unexpected, life-altering, and personality-changing.
“ Exciting war film from start to end .
“I like a good war movie but I was tired of Oliver Stone's left-wing propaganda films so I waited until the '90s before finally seeing this on VHS.
“ He brilliantly captures the fear and confusion of war in the jungle where one moment soldiers are worrying about insect bites and the next they are in a fire fight.
“ If you were the type of guy who shirked responsibility or blamed others for your mistakes, or you were self-indulgent, or lazy, etc., you will be that at war too.
“You want an intense Viet Nam war movie without all the bias?
“ All I can surmise is that this was an extremely personal account, rendering any reviews pointless.
“" I thought some of the drama was very predictable and contrived as well.
“ The only things that saved it were the fight scenes, but even at that, they just seemed too predictable, and unrealistic.
“ In one of the most gripping scenes in the movie when Sgt.
“ I suppose Oliver changed that because NVA soldiers may seem more combat worthy, more dynamic and exciting for the movie.
“This is the Vietnam War as I remember it: dangerous, confusing, and disheartening.
“ I was on the edge of questioning everything and ready to uprise with a small move.
“ Now of course it's okay to have depressing war films, ("Apocalypes Now" was a masterpiece) but this film has empty depressents.
“ Oliver Stone doesn't condemn or glorify these actions, he only shows them with a gripping realism, showing is enough because it's further than where any other war movie went.
“ Intense, authentic war saga seen from the perspective of a naïve young American soldier who struggles to maintain his morality, innocence, and sanity as he gets an in-depth look at the brutality of war during a tour of duty in Vietnam.
“ The action is very intense, the acting is spot on perfect and the story is compelling and original.
“"Platoon" is a great film, in particular because Oliver Stone creates such a thrilling and realistic atmosphere throughout the entire picture.
“ It also had excellent acting by the two leads, played by Tom Beringer and William Dafoe and some stunning jungle photography.
“ Intense .
“ The movie is fascinating in showing the real battle scenes, and describing the conflicts faced with a lot of GIs for the moral of the war.
“ This film was about the same thing that all good war movies are about, but this one is very unoriginal and boring.
“ Unlike the more ponderous APOCALYPSE NOW, this film is more concise in revealing the horror of war.
“ The film has something of a slow start, and it does take a while for the lead, played by Charlie Sheen, to warm to the viewer (I suspect this is because Sheen has mercilessly spoofed his role in the HOT SHOTS!
“ The pacing is good, though I felt that the film started somewhat slow only to later kick up to a very fast pace for a while.
“Excellent direction for Stone and a good all round cast make for a fine film, but it's probably a little too close to the bone to be genuinely enjoyable.
“ It makes for an uncomfortable film but one that's worth watching.
“ It leaves the viewer with an empty feeling that is hard to shake, reminding of the similarly empty look on a woman's face after she sees her son killed in front her.
“ Many war movies, such as the recent "Pearl Harbor" and "The Patriot," create an involving sense of adventure and strategy, thus shinning an entertaining light on combat.
“ Charlie Sheen is the central figure in this exciting story through whose shell-shocked eyes we watch the violent events , slaughters , crossfires and atrocities.
“ Hugely engrossing and painful to watch.
“ From start to end it is intriguing.
“The final battle scene perfectly captures the absolute chaos and confusion, noise and terror of war.