A Response to 'Apocalypse Now'

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A response to Apocalypse Now, written for my Film Literature class in College. Please note a particular attention to the theme of 'Self' consciously noted in every film watched during the semester.

Submitted: September 29, 2014

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APOCALYPSE NOW FILM RESPONSE

A soldier is simply a soldier, until like anything or anyone else, that individual decides for good or bad, to make an action outside of the order. That significant or minute, ‘choice’ is the key to understanding one major aspect of the film. We’ve been talking a lot about what it is to be a ‘self’, to be an individual, free and willing to make our own decisions. This film, really rewrites your perception of freedom. Here we have a film about the war in Vietnam, and yet somehow, though most of these men have been forced into the battlefield, somehow they find their own reasons to make new rules within the jungle. Whether it’s for good or bad, within the tight conformity of military control, breeds an uncanny natural instinct to challenge the rules of command. It leads to this unbelievably fascinating, middle ground between compliance and corruption. Then of course, when questions of right and wrong come into play, it becomes less and less easy to define. How far are you willing to go to obey the rules when they appear more and more indistinct? When neither side appears to fully understand any of its own actions, Coppola simply says, you may think that even in its darkest moments war still deserves the title of war, but when the lights go out, and those people you’ve convinced to fight begin to see the reality, then its just a battle for survival, every man for himself and his own perception of reality.

Louis Shaw

 


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