A pragmatic U.S. Marine observes the dehumanizing effects the Vietnam War has on his fellow Marine recruits from their brutal boot camp training to the bloody street fighting set in 1968 in Hue, Vietnam.
As the Allies sweep across Germany, Lore leads her siblings on a journey that exposes them to the truth of their parents' beliefs. An encounter with a mysterious refugee forces Lore to rely on a person she has always been taught to hate.
Johnny Mad Dog, maybe 15, leads a band of boy soldiers in a civil war in an unnamed African country. "Don't want to die? Don't be born" is one of their shouted mottoes. We follow Mad Dog and his crew - No Good Advice, Butterfly, Chicken Hair, and others - as they kill, pillage rape, interrogate, and terrorize on their march to the capital. They take a TV station and lead an assault on the President's residence. We also follow Laokole, about Johnny age, as she tries to hold together her family of brother and disabled father. Is there more than chaos and inhumanity here? At war since age 10, has Johnny anything inside? Written by
Having twice tried to get into this film, I'm no closer - the sheer wall of all that I abhor in human nature rises above me like an insurmountable cliff-face.
I'm sure that there is a lot here that I should appreciate, even enjoy and indeed, learn from, but at what point does one say 'enough is enough' and press the Stop button.
It's recorded from Film 4 and I'll leave it on my provider's box (it's short, so won't take up much space) and try once again, one day. Maybe I shouldn't have even written this much, as it hardly makes for a review - except that I would add that I'm pretty sure my reaction is entirely natural and if you feel something similar to me, then that's understandable and OK, too.
And, don't let anyone tell you otherwise!
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