movie essay

Topics: Film, Apocalypse Now, Vietnam War Pages: 3 (1050 words) Published: November 18, 2013

Alternative Cinema
Harry Mathias
Contrasting Apocalypse Now and Road to Perdition
The movies Apocalypse Now and Road to Perdition are both films that keep you on the edge of your seat and pleading for the next scene to arrive and blow you away. In the opening scene of Apocalypse Now you see the forefront of the Vietnam War accompanied perfectly by the Rolling Stones soundtrack that adds the precise amount of intensity and loudness needed to portray the war from the perspective of Captain Benjamin Willard and Colonel Walter Kurtz. The opening scene of Road to Perdition gives you Tom Hank’s as a hired gunman for a ruthless gangster, but with a son who has seen too much. Both films give you an opening scene that take you deep into the atmosphere of the scene and plunge you into the film from the beginning. The films also develop the characters into relatable roles. The characters either become our friends or at least someone we are rooting for, in the case of Road to Perdition we want Michael Sullivan and his son to get away or in the case of Apocalypse Now we want Martin Sheen to get the hell out of the jungle as soon as possible.

After reflecting on Apocalypse Now you realize the film is more geared towards explaining the struggle of Martin Sheen and how his difficulty relays to how the intensity of the war was dominant anywhere you were in the jungle. The constant reminder from the music director that we should be feeling the way the music is sounding, keeps your heart pounding throughout the movie. Road to Perdition had more of a focus on the editing and the suspense of the plot to keep you engaged. The ability to keep the movie interesting throughout is an easy task in both films, given their plot. It is the extensive attention to detail in Apocalypse now that makes it one of the best movies ever made, but it is also the power the movie has to make every viewer relate to the stresses that Martin Sheen is dealing with. After discussing Road to Perdition...
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