Im no critic (only you James only you ), so bare with me on this. Saw it last night. The realism, and non-stop action. This film is unlike any Vietnam War film that I have seen so far. I wasn't treated to the racial clash between soldiers, the drugs that the US soldiers got involved with or of the slap of the anti-war movement. Having read the book before viewing this film, you can totally see how the director stayed within the bounds of what the authors laid out: "an epic struggle of young, scared men fighting to live to see another day. A struggle that had their fullest attention from the moment their boots hit the tall grass and heat of the Ia Drang Valley." Its a movie of close quarter combat, up close and personal, amazingly horrifying. James what did you think?