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Jarhead (2005)
Germany / English
"Every man fights his own way. "
Based on former Marine Anthony Swofford's best-selling 2003 book about his pre-Desert Storm experiences in Saudi Arabia and about his experiences fighting in Kuwait.
Jake Gyllenhaal Anthony Swofford
Scott MacDonald D.I. Fitch
Peter Sarsgaard Troy
Jamie Foxx Staff Sgt. Sykes
Lo Ming Bored Gunny (as Ming Lo)
Lucas Black Kruger
Kevin Foster Branded Marine
Brian Geraghty Fergus
Damion Poitier Poitier
Riad Galayini Nurse
Craig Coyne Young Mr. Swofford
Katherine Randolph Young Mrs. Swofford
Rini Bell Swoff's Sister
Dendrie Taylor Mrs. Swofford
James Morrison Mr. Swofford
Director: Sam Mendes
Producer: Lucy Fisher,Douglas Wick
Writer: William Broyles Jr.,Anthony Swofford
Heavy stuff..
Fresh out of an advanced screening..

I'd like to be able to contain my excitement for comments that seem less biased, but this movie is destined to be a classic.

Jarhead is less Saving Private Ryan, and more Platoon. Many scenes are about as dark and intense as you will find, and largely w/o blood and guts.

Sam Mendes is known to be great, but hopefully this movie will bring him more recognition, rather than being referred to as the director of American Beauty. This look at Operation Desert Storm is cold, fearful, mean, and altogether sobering.

Emanuel Levy has pointed out the symmetry in the movie, and he's made a good point. I won't get into how the symmetry exists, but I'd like to say that it is incredibly moving. It's a brilliant tactic for showing how horrible the permanence of war experiences is.


Seen it:Ja
Nr of disks/tapes:1
Storage device:Divx 4
Imdb rating: 7.3
Musician: Thomas Newman
Running time: 123 min
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Last modified: 2007-07-19 20:15:4