Jarhead (DVD)

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Product Details

Barcode
6004416074567
Department
Movies & TV
Released
1 Sep 2006
Type
Movies
Format
DVD
Genre
Military & War
Region
Region 2
Language
English
Studio
Universal Pictures
Supply Source
South Africa

Movie

Title
Jarhead
Release Year
2005
Running Time
123 min
Language
English
Categories
Dramas / Soldiers / Theatrical Release / War
US Box Office
$62.6 million
Official Website
http://www.jarheadmovie.com/
Ratings
IMDb
7.0
Rotten Tomatoes®
61% 68%
Metacritic
58
Synopsis
For his third feature film, British director Sam Mendes (AMERICAN BEAUTY) turns to the pages of Anthony Swofford's 2003 book on his experiences in the first Gulf War, and enlists William Broyles Jr.--a former Lieutenant who fought in Vietnam--to convert it into a screenplay. Mendes's film strays into FULL METAL JACKET territory as it opens, with young recruit Swofford (Jake Gyllenhaal) undertaking some rigorous basic training under the steely, watchful eye of Staff Sgt. Sykes (Jamie Foxx). Impressed, Sykes invites Swofford to join his team, and partners him with Troy (Peter Sarsgaard), ultimately taking them to Saudi Arabia to fight in the first Gulf War. But once they arrive in the punishing heat of the desert, the long wait for battle sends many of the Marines dangerously close to the brink of insanity.

Drawing on the experience of acclaimed cinematographer Roger Deakins (THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION) to help viewers get a close-up taste of the Marines' punishing life in the desert, Mendes's film enters into deeply unsettling territory, the likes of which many cinemagoers won't have experienced since Martin Sheen lost his tenuous grip on reality in APOCALYPSE NOW. Indeed, Mendes deploys a few similar tactics to those that made Francis Ford Coppola's 1979 film so effective: a hip soundtrack that uses songs from artists as varied as Public Enemy and the Rolling Stones, and a feeling of disillusionment and futility among the troops that really digs in when the battle finally blackens the desert skies. Avoiding any overt antiwar sentiments, Mendes instead provides a thoughtful account of life as a modern day soldier, demonstrating how technology has made the average Marine's job all but redundant, and created disaffected troops who are as much a threat to each other as the enemies they wait to face in the trenches.
Notes
Theatrical Release: November 4, 2005
Poster
Poster for Jarhead
Cast & Crew
Director
Sam Mendes
Star
Jamie Foxx / Chris Cooper / Jake Gyllenhaal / Dennis Haysbert / Katherine Randolph / Peter Sarsgaard / Jacob Vargas / Wade Williams
Screenwriter
William Broyles
Source Writer
Anthony Swofford / Author: Anthony Swofford
Composer
Thomas Newman
Producer
Lucy Fisher / Sam Mendes / Douglas Wick
Director of Photography
Roger Deakins
Editor
Walter Murch
Production Designer
Dennis Gassner
Costume Designer
Albert Wolsky
Movie Critics
Entertainment Weekly
"[A]n eye-opening experience....[Mendes] forges, perhaps, a new kind of drama: a portrait of war stripped of all glamour and design....JARHEAD is an existential docudrama: cool and funny, vivid and remote at the same time." -- Grade: B+
Owen Gleiberman (11 Nov 2005, p.46-47)
Rolling Stone
3 stars out of 5 -- "[B]lunt and intimate....The jolt of JARHEAD is undeniable, and it comes when you least expect it."
Peter Travers (17 Nov 2005, p.141)
Sight and Sound
"[Q]uizzical, visually striking....JARHEAD provides some kind of reportage of a war whose consequences we haven't yet begun to understand..."
Leslie Felperin (1 Jan 2006, p.46-60)
Total Film
3 stars out of 5 -- "It's an image of war that lingers, a vision of Hell which Dante would recognise..."
Mark Salisbury (1 Jun 2006, p.114-115)
Uncut
"[A]n exceptionally smart war movie, the more so for the relative absence of any war."
Uncut Staff (1 Feb 2006, p.97)
USA Today
"The result is rewarding....It's good to see Mendes expanding as a filmmaker."
Mike Clark (23 Nov 2005, p.7D)