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