Posted on 3/01/10 11:27 AM
Kubrick doesn't hold back in this one. The vietnam war is thrown right in your face with not only the devastation and violence but with the psychological and mentality of the soldier. The vietnam war, unlike the second world war didn't spawn any campy propoganda movies with the likes of john wayne, the realism and the harshness reality of modern war is showcased in the two parts of this movie. One through the Parris Island training facility and the army's assault on a vietnamese city. Kubrick never fails and his direction here toward the end of his career was as strong as ever. I saw Apocalypse Now before i saw FMJ so after comparing these two i say Apocalypse Now is better, but that doesn't mean that this isn't great, just not as great.