Summary of Platoon

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Platoon
In the movie Platoon from 1986, the battles of the Vietnam War are shown. In the movie we follow the young and inexperienced soldier Chris Taylor, who is going through a lot of struggles being in the fields. When we get to know the soldiers one by one, the movie shows how the relationships between the soldiers are not always equal and very solidary. In the beginning the platoon is separated by three groups; the black ones, the young and new ones and the experienced, who leads the agenda in the platoon. Later on the two sergeants Barnes and Elias disagrees about how the battle against the Vietnamese should proceed. This leads to Sgt. Barnes killing Sgt. Elias illegally. The death of Sgt. Elias leads to an even bigger division in the platoon, because the soldiers is forced to “choose which side they’re on” and what really happened with Sgt. Elias. The final battle in the movie is a long and intense part of the movie. Everything becomes very chaotic between the soldiers and the battle becomes a fight for your own survival, where you can’t trust anyone. The battle shows how many soldiers both Vietnamese and American, who didn’t make it out of the violent bloodbath. During the movie Chris Taylor has always tolerated everything that has been decided around him, even though he didn’t agree. At the end of the movie he put his foot dowm and killed Sgt. Barnes as a symbol of justice for Sgt. Elias. Chris Taylor survives and is flown away from the war. When he is sitting in the helicopter, he thinks about what he has learned about himself and life and what the war has taught him; something that he will bring back…...

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