Platoon (1986) – A Classic Quick Capsule Review

Platoon (1986) – A Classic Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Oliver Stone’s Platoon still has a lot to say about the horrors of war and the ripping away of innocence.  That power still remains at the core of this thirty year old film.  But overall it hasn’t aged as well as you’d hope.  The performances are still great (Berenger is nuts and this is still a career high for Sheen) but the budget strains, especially at the end as the Vietcong assault the compound.  In a world of Saving Private Ryan it just feels a bit tame.  So overall – still worth a watch.

Best Bit: the cast

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Saving Private Ryan, Good Morning Vietnam, Full metal jacket 

 


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12 Strong – A Quick Capsule Review

12 Strong – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
12 Strong is actually far better than I expected.  Set against the back drop of 9/11 and based on a true story, 12 Strong is a solid action war film charting the heroics of a mostly unacknowledged (at least at the time) team of special forces soldiers who were the first into Taliban controlled Afghanistan.  It’s action packed, full of over acting and the script could do with a refinement but it’s entertaining and never dull.  Recommended.

Best Bit: Charge!

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Black Hawk Down, The Hurt Locker, Lone Survivor

Blog: Threads – A Quick Capsule Review

Blog: Threads – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Holy shit.  Threads is purely and simply one of the most realistic and terrifying films I have ever seen in my life. Hands down.  After 30 years, this film is still a deeply disturbing picture of life after the bomb drops – endlessly gruesome, relentlessly depressing and lacking the cheap emotional  tricks of Hollywood, Threads is probably unlike any film I’ve ever seen.  A must see.  But be in a good mood first…

Best Bit: After 30 ye`are it’s still massively impactful.

Buy, Rent, Stream, Borrow: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Dr Strangelove, The Road, When The Wind Blows

 

Author: Phil Hobden