I saw the Redux the other day and I appreciated the movie a lot more then I did before (the fact it’s been years since I last saw it probably had a bit to do with it as well). For the Redux, I would say the only thing that really felt out of place was the French Plantation Sequence. I understood why it was there, but it came off like an excuse to bring the film to a dead halt while making Martin Sheen and the audience listen to a lecture in heavily accented French as to what it wrong with America’s Foreign Policy for 20 minutes.
Anyway, after the end of the movie, I have two questions about the film.
Exactly why did Kurtz go to jump school? Martin Sheen’s character wonders about this, but the question is never really answered. Is to prove he’s “fit” in the darwinian sense so he can make his “perfect army” we see towards the end?
Exactly what did Martin Sheen’s character plan to do at the end of the movie? He left, but he apparently didn’t plan on going back for debriefing (“They were gonna make me a Major for this, and I wasn’t even in their fucking army anymore”). Go off and live in the jungle? Does the book Heart of Darkness cast light on this?