Feeling Apocalypse Now

feeling apocalypse now

Ok, ok, it’s a stretch. But the elements are there. Click to enlarge.

Ever have one of those moments that strongly reminds you of a movie? I had one of those not long ago. I was in Vientiane, Laos, across the Mekong from Thailand.

I was standing on the large concrete boardwalk waiting to see if the sunset was going to be spectacular (actually, moments later the sun disappeared altogether in the haze), and I had a brief flash of Apocalypse Now. The sun went blood red and was shining on the Mekong and this small lagoon. The air just over the river was smoky from a fire, but the sun bore right through it. The whole scene was a bit ominous. Which means this is a perfect place for some of the best dialogue of the movie:

Kurtz: Did they say why, Willard, why they want to terminate my command?
Willard: I was sent on a classified mission, sir.
Kurtz: It’s no longer classified, is it? Did they tell you?
Willard: They told me that you had gone totally insane, and that your methods were unsound.
Kurtz: Are my methods unsound?
Willard: I don’t see any method at all, sir.
Kurtz: I expected someone like you. What did you expect? Are you an assassin?
Willard: I’m a soldier.
Kurtz: You’re neither. You’re an errand boy, sent by grocery clerks, to collect a bill.

And now a poster from the stunning Redux version of the movie:

feeling apocalypse now

Blood Red Sun. Smoke. Water. Dark terrain. See?

Thanks for looking!

Feeling Apocalypse Now.


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