Hamburger Hill is all too often compared cruelly (and unfairly) to Oliver Stone's Platoon, a film that predates it by a single year and marked a return to Vietnam by American cinema, almost a decade after Cimino and Coppolla set the bar for celluloid commentary on the conflict. In following Platoon's realistic approach as opposed to the stylised, more artistic nature of these earlier films, as well as Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket (another film Hamburger Hill was forced to compete with), John Irvin's film was seen as an inferior copy and is not remembered alongside these aforementioned films as a definitive Vietnam War film.In truth, Hamburger Hill deserves to stand apart from Platoon as having its own approach and method. Hamburger Hill outstrips any other Vietnam War film in its pursuit of realism, going beyond Stone's fictionalised characters with their spiritual and ideological battles. It tells the true story of the bloody assault on Hill 937, from the perspecti…
Viewers expecting to see another classic will be very disappointed. This is a Viet Nam war movie with lots of action and noise, just thrown together in horrible directing. In fact, the movie looks like it was written and directed by grunts with no idea how to make a movie. No one can say if the film is realistic, because it's just a bunch of scenes thrown together with terrible actors who can't enunciate one word well enough for the viewer to understand. Everyone looks alike. One character wears glasses, so he sticks out, and you can follow him somewhat. Not one word uttered is comprehensible. This movie should either be dubbed or have subtitles. There's a lot of mean sounds coming from the soldiers towards each other. You won't know what they're saying. This is probably more bad directing than acting, because it occurs way too often. Since they all look alike, you have no idea who is dying, who is charging, who is doing what.
This film is often overlooked amongst the more well known Vietnam films to be released in the late eighties, probably because it didn't have well known a well known director or famous actors like Stanley Kubrick's "Full Metal Jacket" or Oliver Stone's "Platoon". This is a shame as it is an excellent film and seemed the most realistic of the three films.The action follows the exploits of a battalion of US soldiers battling the North Vietnamese Army for control of Hill 937. When they first get there the mountain is covered in jungle but as the battle continues over several days it is reduced to a treeless mud-bath. The action all seemed very real, most of the time the enemy was unseen and the battle was confusing, as I imagine such combat would be. When the soldiers aren't battling the NVA they talk in a way that seemed real, discussing what they wanted when they return home and the way that soldiers are being treated by protesters on their return. Ho…
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