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A Review by Joekool


Director- Sam Mendes
Cast- Jake Gyllenhall, Peter Sarsgaard, Jamie Foxx, Chris Cooper, Lucas Black
Rated R: for pervasive language, some violent images, and srong sexual content
Running Time- 115 min.
Jarhead is based on the real life experience of Tony Swofford during the Gulf War. It is also and adaptation of the book which Swoford himself wrote. Now we have a strong cast an excellent director, where could this film go wrong? Well one thing is that the trailer is a little misleading to the film. If you watch it expecting another Black Hawk Down type of shoot em up film, you are gravely mistaken. This film is not about the war that was Desert Storm, but about the war within the mind of each man, and how he dealt with the desert and nearing insanity.
I knew going into this film that it was more about the internal conflicts of the soldiers than the actual war, but even I expected a bit more action then there was presented. There were some few scenes of violence but not much from warfare. This lack of war will bore the audience at some moments. But this film is not about the fighting, its about the men.
We follow Tony Swofford (Gyllenhall) starting at boot camp through the end of his service in the marines. there are many scenes that are just brilliant: the training, the oil fields, and the desert itself. We get deeply into what these men were thinking and the excruciating long wait they had before they actually saw combat. Jake Gyllenhall and Peter Sarsgaard are absolutley phenomenal in this film, the two of the best performances of the year. Jaime Foxx also gives a memorable performance, and the rest of the cast does great.
This is an interesting take on a war film. In some ways it can be stretched out and slow, but on the other hand it's riveting with fantastic emotional power. The two offset each other into a movie thats pretty good, but could have been better.
Good Points
-Jake Gyllenhall's performance
-Peter Sarsgaard's performance
-Interesting aspect of the war
-Powerful and realistic
Bad Points
-Needed more action
Rating- 7.5/10

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