Platoon (1986 – Free Download) English DVD-RIP

120 Min. | Drama – War | December 1986

IMDB Rating: 8.1

Director: Oliver Stone

Starring: Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe

Platoon Review

Platoon is generally regarded as one of the strongest anti-war films of all time. While this is certainly true, what’s often overlooked – at least after only one run through the film – is that it’s chiefly a tale of God vs. Satan, and the war is there to set a perilous backdrop. No doubt, Platoon shows the Vietnam War was a big mistake, but being a fictional documentary on Vietnam is far from its purpose. The story is told from the point of view of Chris Taylor, a middle class kid who goes to Vietnam to do what he thinks is his patriotic duty. In the first ten minutes, Chris is shown in the uncomfortable jungle, struggling just to survive in the natural environment, let alone do any actual damage to the enemy. Quickly we’re introduced to the well-known facets of the Vietnam War, the lack of sense of purpose, the wraith-like enemies, the obvious prevalence of the uneducated and poor among the fighting grunts – and, soon, we see how these factors combine to cause widespread low morale and some actions of more than questionable ethical value.

Elias doesn’t take kindly to this kind of behavior. Elias and Barnes come closer and closer to open conflict, as Taylor becomes a veteran, obviously siding with Elias. Meanwhile, the fate of the platoon comes closer and closer to them, culminating in an explosively shot action conclusion. The end is dark, but morally satisfying. Don’t watch Platoon for the action. That’s not to say it’s not well shot, or unrealistic. On the contrary. It’s quite convincing. But it doesn’t show war as a fun sport, and it’s never a question of good guys versus bad guys. There will be no cheering for the “good guys” or anyone else in this one. Stone succeeds brilliantly at putting the viewer into the middle of it all, and it’s not a pretty sigh. On the other hand, if you want great acting, it’s here. Dafoe and Berenger do incredibly well, with the incredibly good script.

Barnes is horrific as he challenges three men to kill him, drinking hard liquor out of the bottle. They don’t make a move, and neither will you, though you’ll hate him just as much as them. Dafoe is a ray of light in the dark as Elias. In Platoon, the cast is rounded out with many characters, all well played, and adding another dimension to the film. The technical aspects of Platoon are superb, though one never thinks about them much, as the movie is completely engrossing. The production values seem quite good, as well. The most stunning peripheral aspect of Platoon, however, is the music. It’s emotional and draining, and used to great effect – listen for the main theme as you watch the village burn. Watch this one a few times, and you’ll likely be quite moved each time.

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