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Apocalypse Now Redux Reviews

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March 24, 2017
Absolute masterpiece! What a trip of a movie. Very psychedelic and horrifying at times.
March 19, 2017
I much prefer the full film as opposed to the original. Even as a young person, and unsophisticated film student, I thought the original was too choppy, with major motivations and sub-texts unexplained. With the full version, much closer to Heart of Darkness.

One of my favorite films in terms of pure film art.
½ March 12, 2017
Francis Ford Coppola's ambitious Apocalypse Now Redux may be lengthy, but it surely deserves its place among the war classics.
January 21, 2017
Apocalypse Now Redux is not required to watch considering it's additional footage of the original film, but worth checking out for FFC's full vision of the film
January 5, 2017
There is no denying this movie is a classic the visuals are still 40 years later, stunning
December 17, 2016
Without the silly and overlong French plantation scene, this may have been decent. Apocalypse Now: The Political Version.
December 3, 2016
The story line is good, but I find the movie quite boring overall.
October 12, 2016
The greatest masterpiece ever!
½ August 25, 2016
The film's incredible strengths are intact and this longer cut has some merits but it substantially dilutes a couple of the perfect aspects about the theatrical: Pacing and, to some extent, tone.

Redux: 8.5/10
½ August 4, 2016
um dos melhores de Coppola ou o melhor?
August 3, 2016
Apocalypse Now is quite possibly the most realistic depiction of war ever produced. War is Hell...worse than Hell.
July 11, 2016
Boring, drawn out and scenes added in that didn't need to be there, Apocalypse Now Redux is one of the most disappointing classics.
½ May 10, 2016
A truly dark journey into the minds of desperate and troubled men.
½ May 3, 2016
A raw, dark, and legendary war epic. And this is the spicy version. Hard to get through. Harder to look away. Must-see!
½ February 12, 2016
160212: The only thing that comes to mind is "powerful".
February 3, 2016
As a standalone film, it's agonizingly long, and the worthwhile takeaways from the original are lost in the mud. This piece serves as a reminder as to why even the greatest directors need peer counsel.
February 1, 2016
This wasn't bad adding some extra scenes into it, and I found the French plantation scene to be interesting!
January 28, 2016
A masterpiece - one of the greatest movies ever made.

Vietnam, 1967. An elite soldier, Captain Willard (played by Martin Sheen), is sent on a top secret mission to "terminate with extreme prejudice" Colonel Kurtz (Marlon Brando). Colonel Kurtz is a US Army officer who has apparently gone insane and is fighting his own war from within Cambodia with an army of native soldiers. To find Kurtz, Willard sets off down the river on a patrol boat...

Searingly brilliant. As a story alone this movie is fantastic. Superb plot with some iconic scenes (eg Ride of the Valkyries), great, quotable dialogue (eg Napalm in the morning, The Horror) and some very funny lines ("Charlie don't surf!").

Director Francis Ford Coppola expertly builds the tension. The movie starts off quite light-heartedly - the first third or so of the movie is quite funny, especially anything involving Colonel Kilgore (Robert Duvall). It is actually over-the-top funny (eg surfing in the middle of a fire fight), which might seem strange but shows you the insanity of war and soldiers at war, and prepares you for what comes later.

As the movie goes on it becomes much darker. Coppola slowly tightens the rope around the viewer's neck, until the intensity is suffocating. By the end you're in the middle of a nightmare, a hell on earth. This demonstrates the slow progression from balanced soldier to insane maniac.

So many deeper issues tackled along the way: the duality of man, good vs evil, the morality of war and why the US lost in Vietnam.

Excellent performances from Sheen, Brando and Duvall. Duvall received a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for his performance. Good support from a cast that includes Dennis Hopper, Harrison Ford and Laurence Fishburne.

Regarding the Redux version, its add-on scenes are of mixed value. Some are great - anything involving Colonel Kilgore / Robert Duvall is definitely a win as his character is comedy gold. Some parts of the French plantation scene are very useful, and give you a clue to where the US is going with the war and why they will lose it, but some of it feels like padding. The entire Medevac scene (with the Playboy bunnies) is unnecessary.

So a bit hit-and-miss. Overall the extra scenes probably enhance the movie, slightly.
January 25, 2016
Apocalypse Now is my favourite film of all time. It is on most top 100 movie lists. It is certainly a work of art and long labour of Francis Ford Coppola (see Hearts of Darkness, the documentary about the making of this film).

The film is an adaptation of Joseph Conrad's book, Heart of Darkness, placed in the context of the Vietnam War, rather than in Africa. Martin Sheen is brilliant as the protagonist. Marlon Brando is in his natural element as an actor, largely improvising his role as Colonel Kurtz.

The Redux version adds some unnecessary footage, that is not essential for first time viewers, but appreciated by Apocalypse Now aficionados such as myself.

At 3 hours, this film is an epic, yet has little dialogue. It is mostly narrated by Captain Willard, the leader of an expedition to terminate Kurtz. It has a strong parallel to Dante's Inferno, as the travelers pass through the different stages of Hell (i.e. war is hell). The travelling up river theme has also borrowed heavily from Herzog's Aguirre, Wrath of God. Performances by Dennis Hopper, Robert Duvall and Harrison Ford round out the cast.

This is not a casual film. This is a work of art to be savoured and studied. The sound and visuals are equally as important as the dialogue and acting. The film is in a class by itself and sparked a revisiting of Vietnam films after it. It is a must see for anyone who appreciates cinema. This is the art in its highest form.
December 30, 2015
Great movie, but the original version is better.
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