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07/25/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

One of the better anti-war movies.

I've said enough about Stanley Kubrick. The guy was a genius, a master of his craft and is my favorite visual director. He was crazy and not much of a treat to work with, but he made some darn good films.
Full Metal Jacket is no exception.

There are grandiose moments all over in this film. Every shot contributes something, you get that feeling when you watch the slow motion sequences if the recruits running through a lake of mud and Gunnery Sergeant Hartman spewing insults at them while keeping a straight face.
R. Lee Ermey plays Hartman and he steals the entire movie for me. He is on the top of his game and has me laughing every time he is on-screen. You want to see a good actor? Watch FMJ and tell me all of that was scripted.
I simply adored the characters and the way they interac...

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07/15/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Full Metal Jacket

The movie follows a young recruit from the boot camp to Vietnam. In this time he learns a lot and gets mean to the brutality of war and the preparation to it...

Stanley Kubrick is one of my favorite directors though I only have seen a few movies of him. Some people say he has two sides: the writer and the director´, and that he is only perfect in the second one. But in this movie both is perfect.The Screenplay is brilliant, it has so much to say about the Vietnam-war and still it had good dialogues in it. But it lacks in character development and in the middle the movie gets a bit long and slowly. The direction is perfect, especially the "sniper-scene".
It all fits.
The acting is average, except of R. Lee Ermey he is incredible as Sgt. Hartman. The way he is "bullying" the recruits...

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06/29/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Full Metal Jacket

Full Metal Jacket is almost like two films wrapped into one, only I don't really mean that in a good way. The first hour is absolutely brilliant, featuring witty lines and two phenomenal performances from Vincent D'Onofrio and R. Lee Ermey. It follows a group of Marines through their journey in boot camp. The second half of the film follows the Marines as they serve in the Vietnam War. Unfortunately though, it's not as brilliant as the first part. In fact it's a little boring and pointless which has always been my problem with Kubrick films. The battle scenes were great, but all the while I felt like something was missing. Overall Full Metal Jacket is a good film, but it falls off dramatically after the first hour or so. Another disappointing Stanley Kubrick classic that I didn't like.

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02/26/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"Full Metal Jacket" by Yojimbo

Stanley Kubrick turns his attention to Vietnam in this bleak and emotionally draining representation of a conflict that was the perfect subject for which to turn the accepted war movie cliches on their heads. It throws you in the deep end of marine boot camp where conscripts are stripped of all sense of individuality to be turned into killing machines, a process ferociously undertaken by one of the most evil and hateful characters you're ever likely to see on screen. You do not grow to admire and respect this man as you do in most militaristic flag wavers; he is a ruthless sadist who punishes every tiny error with the kind of physical and emotional abuse that would be deemed unconscionable in any other environment. He even holds up a mass murderer and assassin as figures to be admired and...

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12/10/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Full Metal Jacket review

In the United States marine Corp. Gunnery Sergeant Hartman (R. Lee Ermey) gets tough in training his Corps. by calling his men with nicknames like Private “Joker” (Matthew Modine) and “Snowball” while a Private “Gomer Pyle” (Vincent D'Onofrio) gets it from him when he was grinning, couldn’t do a pull-up, and more. Pyle (Leonard) is assisted by Private Joker assigned by the difficult Sergeant. After the Sgt. discovers a donut he punished the whole Corps. They got back at Pyle by hitting him with bars of soap wrapped in towels. Platoon 3092 are about to graduate when Leonard shoots the Seargent and himself.
Sgt. Joker goes with Private First Class Rafterman (Kevyn Major Howard) a war photographer meets Lt. Touchdown (Ed O'Ross) and are sent to Phu Bai. "Cowboy" (Arliss Howard) becomes...

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08/20/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Not a Major Malfunction!!

Throughout his life, director Stanley Kubrick made films that got people talking, both pro and con. FULL METAL JACKET is one such example. Though far less emotional and much more analytical than any film about the Vietnam war, this film is nevertheless a brilliant piece. The first 40 minutes of this film deal with Marine boot camp at Parris Island, South Carolina. And they deal with it in a way that no previous film ever dealt with it, thanks to Lee Ermey's inventive and scathingly vicious, profanity-laden performance as Drill Instructor Hartman. We see the recruits torn down and built up into remorseless killing machines, praying for war. But one of them, the overweight Private Pyle (Vincent D'Onofrio), is about to show us how a remorseless killing machine can malfunction due to one slig...

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09/17/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Duality of Man -- A Great War/Human Film

I expected this movie to be great because Stanley Kubrick never fails to impress me, but I’ve read a lot of critiques that claim that this is one of Kubrick’s weaker pictures so I was anticipating for the film to slip eventually. Thankfully, it never did. Sure, the dark and sharp humor can be found in the first half of the film only, and the other half features the battlefield. At first, I was kind of thrown off as well, but a character makes an insightful comment about the duality of man. And that’s when it all clicked: this film is about two extremes… and how those extremes come together. I don’t want to list all the scenes I thought embodies or supports that idea, but the one aspect that stood out for me the most was the use of humour in situations that are nothing short of serious. Ot...

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