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- DescriptionSwofford's 2003 book on his experiences in the first Gulf War, and enlists William Broyles Jr a former Lieutenant who fought in Vietnam to convert it into a screenplay. Mendes's film strays into FULL METAL JACKET territory as it opens, with young recruit Swofford (Jake Gyllenhaal) undertaking some rigorous basic training under the steely, watchful eye of Staff Sgt. Sykes (Jamie Foxx). Impressed, Sykes invites Swofford to join his team, and partners him with Troy (Peter Sarsgaard), ultimately taking them to Saudi Arabia to fight in the first Gulf War. But once they arrive in the punishing heat of the desert, the long wait for battle sends many of the Marines dangerously close to the brink of insanity. Drawing on the experience of acclaimed cinematographer Roger Deakins (THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION) to help viewers get a close-up taste of the Marines' punishing life in the desert, Mendes's film enters into deeply unsettling territory, the likes of which many cinemagoers won't have experienced since Martin Sheen lost his tenuous grip on reality in APOCALYPSE NOW. Indeed, Mendes deploys a few similar tactics to those that made Francis Ford Coppola's 1979 film so effective: a hip soundtrack that uses songs from artists as varied as Public Enemy and the Rolling Stones, and a feeling of disillusionment and futility among the troops that really digs in when the battle finally blackens the desert skies. Avoiding any overt antiwar sentiments, Mendes instead provides a thoughtful account of life as a modern day soldier, demonstrating how technology has made the average Marine's job all but redundant, and created disaffected troops who are as much a threat to each other as the enemies they wait to face in the trenches.
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- Leading Role 1Jake Gyllenhaal
- Director 1Sam Mendes
- Leading Role 2Jamie Foxx
- Leading Role 3Peter Sarsgaard
- Additional Roles byChris Cooper,Dennis Haysbert,Jacob Vargas,Wade Williams,Katherine Randolph,Matthew Atherton,Mike Akrawi,Skyler Stone
- ProducerDouglas Wick,Lucy Fisher
- ScreenwriterWilliam Broyles, Jr.
- Score ComposerThomas Newman
- Release FormatDVD
- Release Year2011
- Running Time118 minutes
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- maa_sar14 Jan, 2015by
Great product for its value.
Great film with a great story line, but not much action. If action is what you are looking for, try lone survivor.
- guitars9503 Jun, 2012by
Just All Around Great Film!! Definitely Worth Watching!! Great Story, Funny, Great Actors!! Brilliant Buy!!
- neilscotty201015 Jan, 2012by
this is film is a must see, keeps you entertained throughout the whole film. top film highly recomend
- d5f83781cef7d69...19 Aug, 2011by
good,amazing,super and funny
i bought this because i have seen it on tv and i was pritty good film.There is nothing i realy dislkie about it...overall it is fantastic
- dantoonfan31 Mar, 2011by
Jarhead very good film
brilliant film... well worth the buy... really enjoyed it.... Jarhead takes a perverse pleasure in confounding your expectations of what a war movie should be. For starters, there's not much actual, you know, war. Having joined the Marines more or less by accident, Jake Gyllenhaal's smart-aleck sniper spends most of his time hanging around in the desert dying of boredom, as the fighting stubbornly refuses to get started. A wonder to look at and expertly performed, it's nonetheless a difficult movie to like. Kicking off with the usual brutal training sequence - mouthy sergeants, ritual humiliation, you know the routine - Jarhead quickly progresses to the Saudi Arabian desert, where Jake and his fellow squaddies stave off the hot, sandy tedium with illicit booze, football matches and war flicks. Desert Storm, when it finally arrives, is frustrating and incomprehensible, with soldiers plagued by faulty equipment and friendly fire long before they see the enemy. Some critics have attacked Jarhead because it refuses take any stance on America's intervention in the Gulf, but amoral despair is kind of the point; Jarhead looks into the desert and sees absurdity. It's like Waiting For Godot with a special effects budget Read full review
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