Platoon is a very good description of the vietnam war. It depicts American soldiers in distress and dismay at some points while still somehow doing thier duty as a soldier of the United States of America. It is a struggle both in war as well in the emotionality of what the soldiers are going through. For some the the war is all in the thier minds and for this reason some are just not cut out to fight in combat. There are a few characters that do go crazy beacause of what they see while they are stationed in Vietnam. Again, this is a war the America lost. Therefore there were many caualties and wounded soldiers. In Platoon there are also many battle hardened veterans that have already been in the country for some time. There is fine line between doing what is right and wrong and in many instances it is crossed. The main person that does this is Tom Beringers character Sargent Barnes. He menacingly and commonly breaks the GI code and goes against what is hunane. This is where the controversy of the war comes from and in Platoon this is the character and the example that they use to orchestrate this. Platoon is a controversal film because it does a good job of showing what actually happened in Vietnam, or at least something similar to it.