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Old August 14 2012, 02:52 AM   #933
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Re: Movies Seen in 2012

96. Born on the Fourth of July (B)

Oliver Stone's second Vietnam movie, a sprawling, uneven epic that he calls the Odyssey to Platoon's Iliad. It certainly has its merits: Tom Cruise gives one of his best performances, and the appalling depiction of a VA hospital definitely stands out, as does the scene where Cruise visits the family of the man he killed. But the film as a whole feels disconnected, and his actual conversion to anti-war activism (which feels like it should be the film's big selling point distinct from other Vietnam movies) is rushed. The larger narrative sputters, and Stone's typical lack of subtlety feels like it harms the film in various places.

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