Each week Phil, from Phil’s Quick Capsule Review, takes a look at a different movie or TV related Top Five. This time out: War Films! (And these are proper war films rather than films set in War time…)
Close but no cigar: The Deer Hunter, The Hurt Locker, Three Kings, Escape To Victory, Hamburger Hill
5 – Saving Private Ryan
Spielberg delivers a brutal, grown up and visually stunning look into the horrors of World War 2. With cracking central performances and THAT opening sequences, Saving private Ryan stays with you long after.
4 – Apocalypse Now
Coppola’s classic and personal heart of darkness, Apocalypse Now almost broke him as a filmmaker and almost killed it’s lead actor. Brando phoned it in, the film was massively over budget and yet… it’s a work of near genius
3 – Platoon
Oliver Stone’s Vietnam story of a young man’s first tour of duty in the hell of the war torn jungle has held up well. Brutal, harrowing and expertly directed it’s one of Stone’s best works.
2 – Black Hawk Down
Ridley Scott chucks subtlety out the window in his everything but the kitchen sink modern day war film. A great cast, some amazing particle effects and a relentless pace makes this a true stand out.
1 – Full Metal Jacket
Kubrick’s film may not be for everyone (and his London Dockland’s shot finale a poor stand in) but Full Metal Jacket breaks down the horrors of war unlike any other film. Intense if the word here and this stands out as one of the few Kubrick films I can watch time and time again.