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  • Summary: At Fort Polk, Louisiana, thousands of young men prepare for Vietnam. The specter of combat hangs over the men of A-Company, Second Platoon, as they enter the final stage of infantry training. They will be sent to the war. But each man deals with this prospect in his own way. One man'sAt Fort Polk, Louisiana, thousands of young men prepare for Vietnam. The specter of combat hangs over the men of A-Company, Second Platoon, as they enter the final stage of infantry training. They will be sent to the war. But each man deals with this prospect in his own way. One man's defiance, however, galvanizes every member of the platoon. (20th Century Fox) Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 14
  2. Negative: 4 out of 14
  1. A strong, gritty, powerful piece of film making, and one of the three or four best movies made about the Vietnam era.
  2. An affecting, old fashioned, antiwar war story.
  3. Consistently fresh, engrossing and unpredictable.
  4. 70
    The stripped-down production give a disturbing sense of immediacy to an otherwise fairly conventional story about boys being prepared for war.
  5. Beneath the rough vérité exterior beats the same slick, corny heart.
  6. 40
    In his first major role, the Irish actor Farrell deflects the script's more dubious aspects through sheer magnetic presence.
  7. 20
    Schumacher has gone into the cinematic heart of darkness and emerged with his own peculiar kink on the war movie: Vietnam beefcake.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Jun 16, 2014
    8
    This movie is seriously underrated. I don't say that this is a great or classic work, owing largely to occasionally wooden performance fromThis movie is seriously underrated. I don't say that this is a great or classic work, owing largely to occasionally wooden performance from Colin Farrell, but this is a good one that deserves to be rated as "generally favorable reviews" with Metascore being AT LEAST 65 or even 68 instead of JUST a 55. I mean, what kind of a war-flick fan who would not love to watch a movie telling the story of a man doing everything he can so as to remain human while everybody around him is being forces to become killing machines without emotions Expand
  2. Jan 3, 2015
    7
    An interesting movie, which does not leave you bored for a single moment. Colin Farrell makes a job worth watching, his performance ever aAn interesting movie, which does not leave you bored for a single moment. Colin Farrell makes a job worth watching, his performance ever a source of mystery and surprise in the film. You can't really make out everything of the characters on the first watch. Expand

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