Apocalypse Now, an adaptation of Heart of Darkness set instead in the Vietnam War, is a long study in insanity. It starts off fantastic, with strong acting and narration by Martin Sheen. Shots of unimportant aspects of scenes, like a person's lapel or a plate of food, draw in the viewer as if they are actually in the room since it's these minor details that you'd actually focus in on. The battle scenes are powerful, and the maniacal Kilgore fantastic. But the further the film gets, the more it looses itself. By the time it reaches Kurtz, I'd long since checked out. Having not seen the original cut, perhaps it's all the added footage that ruins it. The long sojourns kill the tension. The whole French part, though thematically on point, just doesn't fit with pacing and adds unnecessary time to a film that already was pushing the limits. Perhaps the original is truly the masterpiece I've heard, but this recut has left a bad taste that is impossible to wash away and start over.