Friday, October 14


Release date: November 4th


Jarhead (the self-imposed moniker of the Marines) follows "Swoff" (Gyllenhaal), a third-generation enlistee, from a sobering stint in boot camp to active duty, sporting a sniper's rifle and a hundred-pound ruck on his back through Middle East deserts with no cover from intolerable heat or from Iraqi soldiers, always potentially just over the next horizon. Swoff and his fellow Marines sustain themselves with sardonic humanity and wicked comedy on blazing desert fields in a country they don't understand against an enemy they can't see for a cause they don't fully fathom.

Foxx portrays Sergeant Sykes, a Marine lifer who heads up Swofford's scout/sniper platoon, while Sarsgaard is Swoff's friend and mentor, Troy, a die-hard member of STA-their elite Marine Unit.

An irreverent and true account of a war that was antiseptically packaged a decade ago, Jarhead is laced with dark wit, honest inquisition and episodes that are at once surreal and poignant, tragic and absurd.

I work with a Marine that was in Desert Strom. I plan to see this movie. I hope it honors "the few, the proud, the brave... the Marines." Semper fi

UPDATE: [Hattip to Kragar on LGF]

"It was written by an anti-war crack pot who was in the Marines. I spent over 8 years in the Corps and it looks like a crap film to me."

and the link he provided to the author's own words

I'm going to skip seeing this film. I want to support our troops, not the anti-war crowd. Always remember, never trust Hollyweird when it comes to movies about our military.

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