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Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 61%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 68%
IMDb Rating 7 10 155277


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Jake Gyllenhaal as Anthony Swofford
John Krasinski as Corporal Harrigan
Lucas Black as Chris Kruger
Jamie Foxx as Staff Sgt. Sykes
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Tweekums 8 / 10

Waiting for the war to start

Anthony "Swoff" Swofford could have gone to college; instead he enlisted in the US Marine CorpsÂ… he soon starts to wonder if he made the right choice. He isn't very enthusiastic but shows aptitude with a rifle and ends up a Sniper Scout. When Saddam Hussein's forces invade Kuwait in the summer of 1990 it looks as though Swoff and his comrades are about to see action. They deploy to Saudi Arabia and await their orders to cross the border. They wait and they wait and they wait; as the weeks and months pass they stew in the desert and boredom takes its toll. Tempers fray, discipline breaks down and Swoff starts to question his sanity. When the order is finally given the war moves so fast that the Marines are behind the action; all they see is the aftermath of air attacks and burning oil fields then just as it looks as if they are going to see action the war is over.

This is unusual for a 'war' movie in that there is so little actual war. Before that we get training scenes that will be familiar to anybody who has seen 'Full Metal Jacket' and the bulk of the film that shows us the marines waiting to go into battle. These scenes impressively capture the boredom and frustration the men suffer. Some of the ill-discipline is rather surprising; one can only hope that it is exaggerated for dramatic effectÂ… especially the scene where Swoff threatens a fellow Marine with a loaded rifle! The scenes showing what the squad see during the war are disturbing without being too upsetting; most notably the night scene amongst the burning oil wells. The cast is solid with Jake Gyllenhaal dominating as Swoff. Overall I'd recommend this to anybody wanting a war film that is somewhat different to most; importantly for a film that is largely about boredom I never found it boring.

Reviewed by Davis P 1 / 10

Empty and obnoxious

I sincerely hope marines don't act like this in real life. I already had no interest in joining the military and this movie doesn't wanna make me change my mind lol. It stars Jake Gylanhaal, Jamie Foxx, Lucas Black, and Peter Sarsgaard. These men are good actors and I'm surprised they chose to do this bland empty film. The script doesn't provide any kind of meat or interesting dialogue to enjoy. It's just obnoxious typical "male banter", and I hate that lol, can't the writers be a little more creative?? It's not the constant cursing I mind, that doesn't bother me in the least, it's the boring often times offensive comments made by these degenerate soldiers. They are crotch grabbing, sex obsessed, derogatory comment slinging annoying men. I don't mind sex talk between characters, but this movie was so anti-gay in its language and the men talked about women in a very objective way. And when they aren't behaving like complete idiots, they are trigger happy and talking about wanting to kill, it seems they actually want war and killing, which is disturbing. I respect military men and women and thank them for what they endure to serve our nation but I sincerely hope they don't behave like this. They're like baboons lol. 1/10 for Jarhead. Doesn't keep your attention at all, just a bland and empty film.

Reviewed by zkonedog 4 / 10

Can A Movie About Boredom Really Be Good?

A few weeks prior to watching "Jarhead" in its entirety, I saw some clips of it on television and thought that perhaps it would be the "Rambo" of our generation. Unfortunately, I was severely disappointed.

Basically (Spoiler Alert), the plot of Jarhead follows a Marine Unit (focusing on one solider played by Jake Gyllenhaal) that is called into active duty during Operation Desert Storm. However, "action" is the furthest thing from the minds of the Marines, as they (in the words of their commanding officer) do nothing but "train, hydrate, train, hydrate some more, and maintain a constant state of suspicious alertness". Even when the unit does get the opportunity to carry out a designated mission, they are quickly and easily booted aside by the ever-popular air attacks. As the Gulf War ends, the entire unit has not fired a single shot in aggression throughout the entire campaign.

This film did one major thing right, but also seemed to generalize about a number of things that I did not appreciate:

What works is the focus on Gyllenhaal's character and the mind-set the he embodies through the entire process. He is pretty much lost when he enters the Marines, but then goes (in stages) from being utterly confused, to angry for enlisting, to ready to fight, to confused once again about his role in the entire process. Though uncomfortable at times (as we prefer to think of our returning soldiers as no less than out and out heroes), it was interesting to see a sampling of the emotions that likely beset our young men and women serving abroad.

The main reason the film turned me off a bit, though, is the generalization it made about the U.S. military. Sure, I understand that the ground troops may not have been as effective in a war fought out in the desert, but I cannot bring myself to believe that all military life (while not bombing the crap out of something from above) is boring and pointless. The Marines are still an elite combat unit that serves their country to the utmost, and I don't believe for a second that they find their task to be as boring or inane as director Sam Mendes portrays it. It almost seems as if Mendes (although not overly preachy about it, which was good) was using the example of the Gulf War to cast a pall over the entire current military structure/usefulness.

Thus, while Jarhead is a decent film that touches on some uncomfortable social/personal issues surrounding enlistment in the U.S. military, it ultimately fails to live up to my "next Rambo" tag due to a few over-generalizations that could very easily be used to unfairly steer audiences into an anti-military frame of mind.

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