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Platoon Movie Notes

Platoon Movies Notes

o   When the soldier holds the gun behind his head is an element of foreshadowing

o   “Hell is the possibility of reason”- This place is hell

o   Made a big mistake coming here

o   Just a bunch of “anonymous” and “unwanted” guys

o   Why should all the poor people go to war and the rich not

o   It seems like the only happinss they could get from this time was from smoking marijuana

o   The constant fear of knowing that they could step on an explosive at any minute played the key psychological role in Vietnam

o   The scene where the soldier is making the one-legged Vietnamese person dance while shooting at him shows how twisted these soldiers become

o   Charlie Sheen hasn’t been in Vietnam long enough, but he sees how Vietnam turns these soldiers into complete perverted animals

o   The lack of sanity is very present

o   When a soldier walks through the battlefield, it shows the lack of care for their own life

o   “The world will turn”

o   I liked how after the bomb hit, the movie turned to black and white

o   “We did not fight the enemy, we fought ourselves”


Scenes from Platoon:

o   Men sitting in their potholes in the beginning completely fatigued

o   The soldiers smoking marijuana seeming as if that’s their only happiness

o   Chris Taylor smoked for the first time not really seen Vietnam yet

o   Chris Taylor fell asleep during his shift and they got ambushed

o   When the soldier holds the gun behind his head is an element of foreshadowing

o   The scene where the soldier is making the one-legged Vietnamese person dance while shooting at him shows how twisted these soldiers become

o   Barnes walking through the battlefield

o   Chris was “so far gone from who he was” (Gwen)

o   The Vietnam war was a new kind of war

o   It was believed that the United States government was pushing drugs into the African American community to “keep them down”

o    Alias keeps his humanity by not shooting the little girl--> his mind is really deranged, but he did not take it to the next level

  • A lot of people fighting in the war were at the "bottom of the barrel"
  • The people who are positions of power and are wealth are not going to be expected to fight the war

 

Themes present:

o   Lack of sanity- When Bunny smashes the brains out of a Vietnamese villager without reason.

  • A new kind of war- it's not like France on one side and England on the other side saying "Ready, go!"
    • Rules of Engagement
      • There were a ton of civilian deaths including women and children
      • U.S soldiers are not supposed to shoot someone unless attacked
      • The soldiers however feel like their hands are very tied because innocent children will come up and the soldier puts their gun down and the child drops them
- Mental effects of situations
- A war against themselves 
- Brotherhood, or not (family life)
- Fear
- Animal like nature (beating his chest) 
- Change

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