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Sam Mendes


Jake Gyllenhaal
Peter Sarsgaard
Jamie Foxx
Lucas Black
Brian Geraghty
Scott MacDonald





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While enlisting in the Marines, "Swoff" finds out that things are as easy as them seem and that war is not always fighting with a lot of action. He makes some good friends, but is it worth what they are supposedly fighting for?

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mitchellyoung 08/01/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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A dark and unforgiving portrait of the psyche of soldiers at war, without showing much actual combat. The cast itself is fantastic and Sam Mendes knows how to handle difficult subjects with an eye for both dark comedy (to take the edge off) and some genuinely thought-provoking moments. A film that doesn't have to get political to raise questions about the politics of war.

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goodfellamike 10/27/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Matter-of-fact account of a young soldier in the marine corps who discovers the agonizing loneliness, isolation and boredom of war when serving in Desert Storm. The characters are well-drawn and a brisk pace provides some riveting moments, but its aftermath leaves too much unexplained. Final Grade: B

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Danielle1001 10/17/2007 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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I was so excited to see this movie. But once again, it's another case of a movie not doing justice to the book from which it is based upon. Peter Sarsgaard was fabulous, however.

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01/19/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"Jarhead" by Yojimbo

A new kind of war film for a new kind of war, Sam Mendes' adaptation of Anthony Swofford's account of his experiences in Iraq can however stand shoulder to shoulder with some of the best of them. Gyllenhaal's progression from raw recruit through to the sheer tedium of waiting for his war to happen is in turns funny, fascinating and shocking and Mendes provides some truly striking imagery. The well observed and intelligent script gives the viewer a real sense of "being there", and the uniqueness of the Iraq war in that it was so ubiquitous in the media means that these "behind the scenes" observations give real insight into the conflict, essentially filling in the blanks for those of us who experienced the war blow by blow on TV. Some of the characters were a little sketchy, but the triumv...

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01/09/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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A biographical story of U.S. Marine Anthony Swofford's about the 1991 Gulf War experience. Anthony Swofford (Jake Gyllenhaal) narrates the story of becoming a Marine. He is relocated to another platoon. Staff Sergeant Sykes (Jamie Foxx) invites Swoff to the “Parade” and becomes part of the training for Scout Snipers. Iraq invades Kuwait so their unit was sent to the Persian Gulf as a part of Operation Desert Shield. Lt.Col Kazinski (Chris Cooper) explains the mission. Their operation becomes Desert Storm.

Pertinent information was divulged in the dessert which was wonderful, making you feel you were there. The director has a gift in terms of the precise tempo of storytelling. Soundtrack of the film was radiant and appropriate for each scene. Gyllenhaal spectacularly portrays ...

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12/09/2010 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Fans of 'Jarhead' should check out 'In Our Name'

Fans of Jarhead should check out a brilliant new British film called ‘In Our Name’ opening this Friday 10th December in Curzon cinemas and countrywide via the new Curzon-On-Demand video streaming ( - great for those of us who don’t live near an arthouse cinema!). It stars Joanne Froggett (Anna from Downton Abbey) who won a BIFA (British Independent Film Award) for her role as a soldier returning from a tour in Iraq and struggling to re-adjust to family life and cope with after effects of her experiences in a war-zone. It’s a really thought-provoking and tense, edge-of-your-seat drama; culturally significant, reminiscent of Ken Loach-style social realism, it is inspiring for filmmakers as it was made on a very low budget by newcomer Scottish wri...


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