Apocalypse Now is nothing short of a movie masterpiece, soaked heavily in political sludge, psychotic visuals and atmospheric tension, its intimidating length and scope can at points become too much to handle, but that only adds to the behemoths charm. Francis Ford Coppola crafts another of a generations essential tales, with his demonic depiction of the Vietnam war, during the height of American occupation. Vietnam is ravaged by gorilla warfare, napalm and the brash American war machine, its very chaotic nature mirrors any description of hell imaginable. We follow Captain Willard, a tarnished man, living in dire need of war and the opportunity to step once again back on the front line. Willard gets his wish and is soon sent of a highly classified mission to sail into uncharted and illegal territory, in order to execute a bent Colonel, who has turned his back on his nation and created a primal tribe of followers, deep in the Cambodian rain forests. From its psychedelic opening, as Jim Morrison haunts our ears with This Is The End, as visuals of helicopters and a smoke filled sunset cross fade into motion, to the bold and scatter shot finale, Apocalypse now thrusts you head first into a dream like state, feeling almost like an acid trip gone wrong. Coppola manages to capture a different side to war, something brutal yet visually arresting, with the use of gorgeous visuals and huge sense of scale. Vietnam feels completely immersable, at no point do you feel like your anywhere else, you feel like your sailing down a dangerous river on a top secret mission, you feel like your trapped inside a lunatics mind and at no point does it ever get boring. Helmed by a ferocious cast, Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Lawrence Fishburne, Dennis Hopper, Scott Glen and Harrison Ford to name a few, each actor completely envelopes their role, although particular praise must be given for Duvall's show stealing effort as a maniac with control of an entire army, who cares about nothing apart from finding a good place to surf and massacre Vietnamese. Apocalypse now constantly feels threatening and vital, its violence is raw and disgusting, it gifts the viewer with a constant paranoia, a sense of immersion and some brilliantly crafted dialogue to boot. This is a rare occasion where a film transcends from a piece of celluloid into an experience and what an experience it is. Rivaled by none, Apocalypse Now is an absolute must, its bold, unflinching and hypnotic nature will have you coming back for more, time and time again.