Brechtian cartoon satire; the clearest, most harrowing distillation of Kubrick's main theme of dehumanisation. Like a Mad Magazine take on the themes of Mother Courage, the film presents the business of war as a process of obliteration; taking boys & turning them into killers; removing identity, choice & compassion in order to create a self-facilitating machine. Its vision of war as a smoldering inferno is masterful.
Kubrick's Masterpiece is less anti-war as much as it is anti-patriarchy. On the surface, it's another war film but, underneath, it's actually wholly unique in the genre. Whereas others use combat as an action sequence, FMJ reconfigures it to the character's need to relieve tension and pressure. IMO, the 2nd half is the real film, while the 1st half actually functions more like a prolonged prelude for what's to come.
Massively disappointing Kubrick-lite. The "dehumanisation" of the recruits carries little emotional weight (would all those "steers and queers" soundbites be so popular if it were really disturbing?), and the second part lacks any real tension or cinematic verve. "The Shining" did the dehumanisation better, and Kubrick's rigid, meticulous world cannot compete with the rich intertextual weave of "Apocalypse Now".
This film started out in a funny and kind of weird place but ended as one of the best war movies I've seen so far.
Seeing how the soldiers are submitted to a brainwash treatment and turned into killing machines was terrific. First the weak and then the strong-minded, everyone succumbs against the wrath of war.
Kubrick is a genius!
this is different kind of war movie ..untuk ukuran taon 86 film ini bagus banget,dimana ini film lebih fokus ke psikologis dan kejiwaan seseorang di dalam perang,kubrick did it again,pas filmnya mau abis,gw langsung ngomong.:"HAH,UDAH HABIS!?", we are all born to kill ......yes, we all,so put on your helmet,reload you riffle,and kill some those people who prepared to be killed....yes,tha'ts the point of this movie.
A masterful piece of filmmaking, it just keeps you riveted through and through (not only the first part you heathens). I often think Kubrick was the ultimate ironist, after weaving an always original plot scheme he lays the truth on you with a sting that is at times far more enlightening than any conventional conclusion I've been able to witness so far.
There isn't much plot but the script makes up for it esp in the first half with the dark comedy. The second half master its atmosphere. I felt like I was walking with the Marines, from the barracks to the battlefield. Although it does gets a bit weary in the process. The camera shots brilliantly portray the scenes and contains iconic imagery. Its an effective observation of dehumanization of warfare on the soldiers.
Not only is Stanley Kubrick's visual majesty alive and well here but the storytelling is great as well, breaking it down into 3 distinct acts. For as great as the acting is, the Parris Island act has me in stitches just before its shocking and abrupt end. The final half hour is pretty unsettling but the last scene is always puts a smile on my face.