War movies, particularly those set in the Vietnam War, tend to show how vicious man can become. They also show how vunerable man really is.
Michael (Robert De Niro), Nick (Christopher Walken) and Steven (John Savage) are three friends from Pennsylvania who have enlisted to fight in Vietnam. Prior to getting shipped out, they celebrate Steven's wedding and enjoy their final days of civilian life. What they endure in Vietnam will change their lives forever.
This is one of those movies where words can't describe the brilliance and wonder of it. De Niro appears calm during the intense moments, as though he has been through it before. Did Walken earn the Oscar? Absolutely. He gives one of the best performances I've seen in a long time, clearly showing he is the one most affected by the war. The Russian roulette sequences will scare you to no end. Hands down one of the most emotionally powerful movies ever made.
My Rating: *****