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The contrast and similarities between Apocalypse Now and Full Metal Jacket Apocalypse Now and Full Metal Jacket are both films about American soldiers in Vietnam This genre of films broke with previous tradition in that they offer a realistic and negative view of war Most popular movies about WWII for example were almost propagandist in their assessment of the character of Allied fighting men and the rightness of US involvement Most films about the Vietnam conflict one notable exception being The Green Berets starring John Wayne were remarkably negative Since films shape our perception of history and any fictionalized account of history is bound to subjective interpretation we cannot take them as fact rather they serve as icons of public perception and sentiment which in turn exert an influence on how the event is perceived Captain Willard is as much a product of the war he fights as he is a part of it An assassin with a distinctly self-destructive streak one gets the sense that his war is mostly fought within him self Upon returning home after his first tour he finds himself a different man and so goes back to Vietnam We first encounter him in a hotel room labile and destructively introspective he wants a mission and for his sins they give him one Joker the protagonist of Full Metal Jacket is more ambivalent Apparently fresh out of high-school he joins the Marine Corps possibly in the face of a draft His choice of specialties--Combat Correspondent elucidates some of his motivation He wants adventure and primary experience and he actively seeks out a dangerous assignment He wears a peace symbol on his body armor yet writes born to kill on his helmet In Joker we see a young man wanting to prove himself in the arena of combat he does kill directly in an act of mercy yet he lacks the coldness and conviction of a real killer He is repulsed by
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