English 110 In Apocalypse Now , much the same thing happens to Captain Willard (Martin Sheen) only now it isn't the late eighteen hundreds, it is the twentieth century and the Viet Nam war. Apocalypse Now was inspired by Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness , a story narrated by Marlow, who represents a company engaged in the ivory trade in the Congo. The movie opens with Willard stuck in a hotel room in Saigon, waiting and wishing for a mission. As he narrates the film, he says, "and for my sins they gave me one." He is assigned by General Corman a mission in which he is to track down a renegade colonel deep in the jungle and "terminate his command". The colonel has a sanctuary in Cambodia where he has an army of Montagnard tribesmen. Willard's journey upriver begins when he boards a Navy PBR to carry him toward Colonel Kurtz. They come upon an attack on a village led by Colonel Kilgore and his unit is supposed to escort them to the mouth of the river. Kilgore seems oblivious to war and
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