DVD - 2006
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Drama which follows a Marine recruit from boot camp to active duty in the Middle East. "Swoff and his fellow Marines sustain themselves with sardonic humanity and wicked comedy on blazing desert fields in a country they don't understand against an enemy they can't see for a cause they don't fully grasp"--Container.


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Dec 21, 2015

I found this movie to be fair not quite Apocalypse Now, the Longest Day or Catch 22 but it does get the message across regarding the sacrifice, the horror and the impact going to war has on a service members life

Sep 15, 2015

Based on Anthony Swofford's acclaimed memoir about his experiences as a marine in Desert Storm, Sam Mendes's film version suffers from some of the same flaws as the book. While the book is better written and more introspective than your average military memoir, it's also not very interesting, partly because Desert Storm was not a very interesting (or long) war. The marines didn't see much action and the boot camp scenes, which echo "Full Metal Jacket," are more intense. Gyllenhall is good, if a little callow, as Swofford and the solid supporting cast includes Jamie Foxx, Peter Sarsgaard, Chris Cooper, and, for about 30 seconds, John Krasinski. Mendes did enlist the great cinematographer Roger Deakins and editor Walter Murch, who worked on some of Coppola's films. "Apocalypse Now" and "The Deer Hunter" are both reference, but "Jarhead" hardly measures up. Desert Storm was hardly 'Nam. Director Mendes ("Revolution Road," "American Beauty") always seems on the verge of saying something, but never does. It is a different kind of war movie, which I applaud, but it's hardly a great one.

Apr 16, 2015

not my kind of movie

BookReviewer2015 Sep 19, 2014

The Persian Gulf War from the perspective of young marine Anthony Swofford...this film is dark and dreary, and very intense. Yet it is does a very good job at depicting the horrors of war.

Based on Swofford's excellent memoir, Jarhead. Also check out Hotels, Hospitals, and Jails, his follow-up book, which details his life after military service.

aaa5756 Jan 05, 2013

This movie was entertaining and interesting but not one of my favorite for this year. “Not too bad---good performance”. "I fast forwarded a lot but not all the way.”

Jul 21, 2012

From a purely teenage fangirl point of view, Jake Gyllenhaal has nice butt cheeks (which he shows in this movie). That alone would be reason to give this movie at least 3 stars. The extra star is for the good-but-not-great plot.

dmdavidove Aug 29, 2011

Disappointing! Falls flat; only some of the cinematography prevents this film from being labelled a total failure. For better or worse, I expect more from Mendes.

Mar 14, 2010

"There is no such thing as an anti-war film."

The editor of this film is Walter Murch, my hero as an editor. He describes cutting a scene where the Marines are whooping it up while watching Apocalypse Now, which Murch also edited - a strange experience cutting a scene in a film which is a theatre full of people watching a film he had edited himself.

That said, the book is better IMHO.


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