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Saturday, November 05, 2005

Jarhead: Gritty and Hardhitting

Old Zach and I watched Jarhead this evening with several good friends and enjoyed. It's definitely a unique "war movie" in that there are too many shots fired although the entire movie centers around Desert Storm in 1991.

Jamie Foxx and Jake Gyllenhaal are astounding. I predict Oscar nominations for the both of them. They deserve it. Gyllenhaal delivers an amazing performance. There are some excruciatingly evocative scenes concerning the effects that deployment have on soldiers, and particularly Marines away from girlfriends who leave them for "good listeners." This is definitely a movie that kicks you in the gut at gotta see it to make your own mind up about it.

As for the political undertones, there aren't many, though some parts at the end could be taken as critical of our being in "the desert." It mentions that our boys are still over there. But I took it more as an assertion that we need to understand the hardships that these guys and gals are going through to serve their country.

Any thoughts?


Anonymous Tugboat Phil said...

I haven't seen the movie. CSPAN2 was replaying a book reading from 2003, that the author gave in Portland, OR. He didn't seem too fond of his days in the Corps. But then, I didn't see it in it's entirety. Seemed odd that a group would assemble for a pro-Marine book in Portland, without protest signs.

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