Arguably Oliver Stone’s best film, Platoon
was the first of three movies the director has made to date centred firmly on the Vietnam war. Born On The Fourth Of July
and Heaven And Earth
followed, but this one’s the best, picking up four Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
Based very much on Stone’s personal experiences, Platoon follows Charlie Sheen’s Chris Taylor as he joins the Vietnam conflict, only to discover that the battle he ends up fighting isn’t the one he necessarily thought he was signing up for. As such, in the face of his commanding officers, played superbly by Tom Berenger and Willem Dafoe, he struggles with what he’s expected to do, and how it ultimately makes him act.
It’s a harrowing piece of cinema, certainly, but in this instance, that’s very much to Platoon’s credit. For its story isn’t an easy one, and Stone pulls no punches in telling it.
The high definition upgrade does it real justice, too, bringing the haunting visuals vividly to life. It’s an astonishing piece of cinema, and one very worthy of a Blu-ray upgrade. --Jon Foster