It's never engaging enough to make you think you're watching anything other than a film about vietnam, rather than pulling you into a conflict. A woefully distant film.
Anyway, look for an uber-young pre-Jump Street Johnny Depp.
Also ''Platoon'' uses sets that are obviously fake, gory f/x that look incredibly cheap, and explosions that look clearly staged, on top of that it utilises special movie making tropes that made an earlier and better vietnam war-movie ''Apocalypse Now'' stand out, but makes this movie look like a cheap knock-off and gimmicky.
''Platoon'' is not a bad movie and surely has its good parts, but overall not as great as everyone claims it to be, with the absurd amount of Oscars it won, and undeserved Nominations for Dafoe and Berenger. ''Platoon'' is by a long shot not the best picture of 1986.
It does a pretty good job of breaking up the action sequences with dramatic or just straight talking scenes. This film is probably a fictitious retelling and generally has to do with the inner struggles of the platoon. There's a lot of good actors in this, and some you may haven't heard about because they weren't main or supporting characters like the most minor roles I've ever seen played by Tony Todd and Johnny Depp.
If you were to talk to your friends about this film and what they remember, they probably wouldn't remember right away that those and some others were actually in this film. I wasn't fully entertained by this film, but I can appreciate how put together it was. This may be the greatest acting performance and the most important acting role that Charlie Sheen has ever played in his career.
I've seen a lot of his works, and acting-wise, it was him who drew me to wanting to watch this film and own it in the first place. His storytelling and acting in this film is superb and the scene with the Vietnamese girl is probably one of his best along with the scene pretty much at the end of the film.