This Is An Essay On The Film "Born On The Fourth Of July".

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BORN ON FOURTH OF JULY"Born On The Fourth Of July" is an extremely realisticportrayal of one American's changing beliefs and faith inhis country. Tom Cruise plays Ron Kovic, an excited youngAmerican ready to serve his country. After experiencing thewar firsthand, Ron's views and feelings regarding the warchange drastically. The movie opens up in the beginning ofRon Kovic's life, as he experiences his childhood. He's aboy who loves his country, and longs to fight for it, but asthe movie progresses, the love fades, or does it? In theend we are left with a man who loves his country, just asmuch as he did as a boy. What makes this movie the bestVietnam war movie ever made, is Oliver Stone with histechnical genius, Ron Kovic's awe-inspiring story, and theharsh reality that is brought to light.Oliver Stone is himself a Vietnam veteran, so he knowsthe reality of it. As I recently watched this movie, with atechnical eye, I noticed a lot of new things. For one,Stone shot the movie using three different shades of colors.Those colors represent America, in red, white and blue.What is really amazing about "Born on the Fourth of July,"is it's really the experience of the people, and thesoldiers who felt these decisions from the bottom up. Stonebrought the trauma of being a soldier into the hearts ofeveryone who saw the film. The camera in each period ofKovic's life, takes on a new form. In the beginning of thefilm, the camera is more steady, but things move fast aroundit, a lot like the way growing up is, it all happens sofast. Then once in Vietnam, the camera begins to move morerapidly, it's slightly distorted, and shaky, but the actionis sometimes very slow. This brings us into the instabilityof the Vietnam war, and how some moments last forever. Themoments leading up to Kovic being shot, are very slowlydone. I suppose it's cause those moments last forever inthe minds of Vietnam veterans. I'm sure there's not a daythat goes by, where Kovic doesn't think about that day, andhow different his life may have been, if he just ran in theother direction, or didn't run at all, or didn't sign up fora 2nd tour in Vietnam. As the movie progresses, the camerabecomes more and more steady, and things happen muchquicker. By the end of the film, the camera is back to amore stationary position, where Ron Kovic enters the stage,ready to address a stadium of people on his life and timesin Vietnam. This movie was directed from the heart, OliverStone really became Ron Kovic in a sense, telling us thestory visually with a ton of emotion.There are something's you just can't make up....

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