Apocalypse is one of the greatest American blockbuster war movies. It was acted during the time of the Vietnam War. The story line of the movie revolves around two United States of America military special operations officers. One of the officers, Captain Benjamin Willard (Martin Sheen), is sent into the forest to kill the other officer. That is the rascal and supposedly mad Colonel Walter E. Kurtz (Marlon Brando) of Special Forces. The movie was created and directed by Francis Ford Coppola from a play by Coppola and John Milius.
The play is based on Joseph Conrad's short story Heart of Darkness. It in addition uses elements from Michael Herr's dispatches. To be precise, the movie account of Conrad's prejudice. Willard is informed that Kurtz has gone mad and is controlling a band of his own Montagnard troops deep in the jungle in the neutral Cambodia. Willard is told to carry out a mission to search for Kurtz and end the Colonel's command with tremendous chauvinism. Willard unites the squad of a navy Patrol Boat Riverine (PBR) with an assorted eclectic crew for the journey to the Nung River.
Willard and the Patrol Boat Riverine squad met with the one over nine air cavalry, commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Bill Kilgore for the journey to the Nung River. He primarily declines their demand for the transport until Kilgore, an enthusiastic surfer, is informed by one eclectic crew that Lance Johnson, a specialized surfer is an associate of the boat's crew. Kilgore afterward finds out that the beach down the coast which symbolizes the opening to the river is ideal for surfing. This alters Kilgore's brain concerning transporting Willard and the PBR to the river. Traversing high over the coast, Kilgore initiates his attack on the seashore.
Subsequent to helicopters attack over the village and destruction of every discernible signs of confrontation, a massive napalm strike in the near forest which spectacularly marks the peak of the clash. Philip an eclectic crew discovers a juvenile lady on the ground dying. Phillips persists on taking the lady to receive treatment. Nevertheless, Willard finishes the discussion by firing at her. The boat elevates over the river to the American station at the Do Long overpass. Willard walks off on shore with Lance, an electric crew member. Willard and Lance notices that things were not as expected and decided to back off and went back to the boat. Chef (Frederic Forrest), an eclectic crew attempts to persuade Willard not to carry on with his assignment. In reply, Willard cracks at Phillip to carry on upriver.
The following day, they went on board with their mission. Willard is informed that an army captain Viet Cong sent to search for Kurtz several months back has gone missing. Unluckily, their boat is assailed and Clean (Laurence Fishburne) an eclectic crew member is assassinated. Afterward, Montagnard villagers shot arrows at their boat. Phillip is wounded and tries to slay Willard. However, Willard overpowers him and he passes on. Willard meets the lost captain, Kurtz who is inside a dim shrine. Kurtz addresses Willard on the theories of the war. Chef is assassinated as he tries to call a chopper to conduct air strike on villages as directed by Willard. A villager furnishes Willard with a machete. Willard goes into Kurtz room. Kurtz is making a reading. Willard attacks Kurtz with the machete. Lying on the ground blood-spattered and dying, Kurtz murmurs "The horror... the horror..." prior to dying.
The main theme that is coming out of this film is shear determination. Willard was determined to accomplish one mission, to be exact to meet and kill Kurtz. He did not give up despite of the news he had pertaining Kurtz. Even though Kurtz was not insane at the time of their meeting, Kurtz did as he was instructed. Despite being advised by chef not to continue with the mission of looking out and killing Kurtz, he did not relent. (Hearts of Darkness: A filmmaker’s Apocalypse).
Even though the film is stimulated by Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness, it diverges broadly from its original material. The novel, which is founded Conrad's actual experiences as a steam paddleboat captain in Africa, is basically set in the Congo Free State in the ninth century. Kurtz and Marlow (who is given the name Willard in the film) both labored for a Belgian trading company that harshly abuses its indigenous African employees. As soon as Marlow lands at Kurtz's station, he finds that Kurtz has gone crazy and is lording over a tiny ethnic group as a god. The novel finishes with Kurtz dying on the journey back and the speaker deliberation concerning darkness of the human consciousness. That is the heart of an enormous darkness.
Moreover, in the novel, Marlow is the pilot of a river boat which was sent to amass ivory from Kurtz's station. Marlow on reaching Kurtz’s station slowly becomes obsessed with Kurtz. In actual fact, when he finds out Kurtz health was deteriorating, he took the responsibility of taking him home. In the film, Willard is a killer who is sent off to slay Kurtz. Nonetheless, the portrayal of Kurtz as a god-like leader of an ethnic group of local and his malarial fever are taken from the novel. In addition, Kurtz’s written shout "kill the monster!" (This emerges in the movie as “Drop the bomb? Kill them All!"), and his concluding lines "The horror! The horror! “are all taken from Conrad's novella (Ross, 7).