Apocalypse Now Redux
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Apocalypse Now Redux
Loosely based on Joseph Conrad's novel, "The Heart of Darkness", the film transplants the tale to the Vietnam War. A young American captain is given the assignment to hunt down and kill one of his own, a colonel, who has apparently gone insane. The deranged colonel murders hundreds of innocent people and constructs a strange kingdom for himself deep in the jungle, where he is deified by his followers.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Packs every bit the wallop it did when it was new."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"This is the one where [Coppola] honors his vision -- or clears his name, whichever way you look at it."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"[VIDEO ESSAY] "Apocalypse Now" all but ruined Francis Coppola as a director. It remains a staggering achievement of pure provocative cinema."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"The new version shows that Coppola had originally intended something far more political, and while some of the new stuff could've remained lost, it does not diminish the movie's impact."
‑ Bob Grimm, Sacramento News & Review
"The new version adds a weight and depth lacking in the original cut."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"The originally released version wasn't broken, but Coppola can fix it as long as he wants, as far as I'm concerned."
‑ Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle
"The restored footage, nearly an hour of it, has at once bloated and diluted the work we've known and half-loved, undercutting its still-astonishing strengths while making its flaws leap out with unprecedented clarity."
‑ David Edelstein, Slate
"The episodic nature is less apparent in Redux, the pacing surprisingly smoother as a result."
‑ Rob Humanick, Slant Magazine
"The best picture of all time."
‑ Kevin N. Laforest, Montreal Film Journal
"Worth a single viewing for the curious, but definitely not for the purist."
‑ Brian Mckay, eFilmCritic.com
"Redux doesn't redefine Apocalypse Now -- rather, it adds archival material. But it's terrific to see the film back in theaters."
‑ Steven Rosen, Denver Post
"The new Redux version isn't a better film, but for Coppola fans and film lovers, it's essential viewing."
‑ Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle
"Redux's virtues far outweigh its flaws. Apocalypse Now in any version remains one of the richest, most extravagant moviegoing experiences"
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"Revisiting this enlarged, much improved version reaffirms its status as Coppola's last masterpiece but also suggests that as a surreal meditation on the madness and folly of Vietnam, it should be considered a horror epic rather than a than just a war film"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Coppola leaves untouched the one section that cried out for a new edit - the murky finale that puts the "near" in "near masterpiece."
‑ Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
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