Jarhead stages a counter-attack

12 Nov

Early on, Jarhead can be compared to Full Metal Jacket, but then the film switches gears and slows down to become a psychological study of a group of soldiers belonging to a sniper unit.

Based on a true story, Andrew Swofford (Jake Gyllenhaal) is a marine training for the Gulf War. His unit’s Staff Sergeant Sykes (Jamie Foxx) are given orders to hunt down and kill their enemy, but by the time the soldiers enter the kill zone the war is over.

Director Sam Mendes puts together an alternative perspective to the classic war movie. His cinematography is always in top form and the performances he gets have several rich layers. My only criticism is the inconsistent pacing and anti-climatic feeling everyone is left with, but I am sure Mendes intended to do this because he wanted to reveal the loneliness of deployment after a period of aggressive, relentless training. Jarhead stages a counter-attack rather than a full fledged assault.


Adam’s Grade: B+

Chuck’s Grade: N/A

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