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Platoon is by far the strongest - a punch to the gut that illustrates the "war is hell" mantra as forcefully as any motion picture. Heaven and Earth is the weakest, although it has its moments. Nestled in between is Born on the Fourth of July, which is a little uneven but nevertheless powerful in its own way.
It's less about war than it is about disillusionment. The movie is based on the real-life story of Ron Kovic played by Tom Cruisea decorated Marine who was in his second tour of duty in Vietnam when he was critically injured.
Upon his return to the United States, Kovic became a vocal anti-war protestor whose military record gave him more credibility than the numerous hippies and college students whom critics lambasted for "dodging" service to their country.
Stone, also a Vietnam Vet, saw in Kovic's story the material to fashion a compelling feature. Even though Vietnam was a thing of the past inwhen the film went into production, Stone saw its themes as being universal and produced Born on the Fourth of July not only as a record of the past but as a cautionary tale for the future.
Unsurprisingly, Kovic was back in action during the early s protesting the Gulf War and has more recently led demonstrations against the War in Iraq. Born on the Fourth of July is divided neatly into four pieces.
The first, which transpires entirely in Massapequa, New York between the late s andtraces the childhood of Kovic, who grows up in a fiercely patriot household. His parents Raymond J. Barry and Caroline Kava are fierce supporters of the country and devout Roman Catholics. Kovic, inspired by a presentation given by a Marine a cameo by Tom Berengersigns up out of high school and is on his way to Vietnam by Decemberleaving behind his family and his girlfriend, Donna Kyra Sedgwick.
This segment of Born on the Fourth of July is filmed by Stone with an abundance of nostalgic elements. The lighting and colors hint at a time-clouded innocence. The style, which evokes Capra, is overly romantic. Stone is, of course, setting us up. He wants us to buy into this idealized, insulated way of life in order for what comes after to have maximum impact.
The "in country" portion of the film is the shortest. It picks up the action in Octoberwhen Kovic, now a sergeant and well-respected member of his platoon, is in his second tour of duty.
While on patrol, an error in the received intelligence leads to a civilian massacre, and Kovic is shaken. During the retreat, he mistakes one of his men for an enemy and accidentally kills him. The XO exonerates Kovic, ignoring his claims of "friendly fire," and informs the sergeant that things like this happen in the confusion of battle.
Three months later, Kovic is seriously wounded in another engagement - an incident that ends his battlefield involvement in the war. Stone's approach to the fight segments in Born on the Fourth of July are similar to those in Platoon - short, brutal, and unflinching.
He is more interested in showing the bloody, inglorious elements of war as opposed to those promoted in military recruiting films. Kovic's rehab at the Bronx V.
Paralyzed from the waist down, Kovic does his best to maintain a positive mental attitude and is obsessive about rehabbing, despite his surroundings.
Drugs are rampant in the hospital, rats wander freely one patient is advised to feed them to keep them happyand the equipment is old.
When Kovic falls and fractures his leg, he must undergo a long and torturous treatment to avoid amputation. Eventually, he leaves the hospital and returns to Massapequa, where he is hailed as a hero. Born on the Fourth of July's final hour is devoted Kovic's change from war-supporter to rabid anti-war activist.
It's here that Stone is at his least effective, perhaps because of time constraints. Kovic's transformation feels hurried and incomplete. Although one can intellectually understand why his experiences on the battlefield and in the hospital turned him against the war, the film isn't emotionally convincing.
When Kovic initially returns home, he is still a defender of the action in Vietnam. It's only after attending an anti-war rally that he changes his position. Once he has become a war protester, Born on the Fourth of July plays like a "greatest hits" collection, recounting key points in Kovic's life between andbut losing some of the character in the process.
As a result, the movie's final half hour is neither as arresting nor as well-paced as what precedes it.Born on the Fourth of July is a solid, well acted and brilliantly directed Anti war film. Based on the true story of Vietnam War veteran Ron Kovic, who due to 88%(43).
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Born on the Fourth of July is a film about the things that many wish to overlook as being facts of war and the fact of fighting on behalf of one's country. This is a film about the dirty details that are inconvenient regardless of the side you are on.
Jan 05, · The biography of Ron Kovic. Paralyzed in the Vietnam war, he becomes an anti-war and pro-human rights political activist after feeling betrayed by the country he fought for/10(K). Born on the Fourth of July is a American biographical war drama film based on the eponymous autobiography by Ron Kovic.
Directed by Oliver Stone, and written by Stone and Kovic, it stars Tom Cruise, Kyra Sedgwick, Raymond J. Barry, Jerry Levine, Frank Whaley and Willem Dafoe. Dec 20, · In "Born on the Fourth of July," his performance is so good that the movie lives through it.
Stone is able to make his statement with Cruise's face and 4/4.