A straightforward documentary-style account of bloody real-life Vietnam action.
A platoon from Bravo company of the 101st Airborne Division is ordered to take Hill 937 in the Ashau Valley, Vietnam, despite it being heavily defended by North Vietnamese army regulars.
After ten days and 11 assaults, when everyone has been put through the meat grinder, the hill is renamed after America’s favourite fast food.
There is a distinct sense of ho-hum though, compared to the heightened realism or the overt surrealism that lifted such potentially ordinary ‘Nam epics as Apocalypse Now (1979), Platoon (1986) or Full Metal Jacket (1987).
That said, it is astonishingly well-made with a cast of unknowns and a British director bearing a residue of guilt from the times when he was filming war footage but could easily retreat to a comfortable hotel away from the guns.
M A Nickles