Daniel Corleone - wrote on 01/09/12
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 a lonely man on a desert trying to survive sanity. Rest of the cast was believable, filled with emotion. A mix of humor from the beginning and human drama in the desert. One of the best lines on the film, “If you loose your mind: There is no standard solution exists.” It showed how sacrifices were made for a country, loneliness and character. Jarhead is a great look at the Gulf War in the eyes of a Marine.