"You know why I don't [quit military and get a job of 100,000K a year]? Because I like this job.." The sergeant is back to square one, the jarheads are back to square one, the country is back to square one. Everyone and everything is back to square one... The movie tells you, in a modest, realistic and satirical way that all is utterly arbitrary and meaningless.
That we get so many genres within the war genre itself is one of the things that keeps me returning to it. This one (my fav Mendes) has the benefit of being both a great black comedy and a terrific satire/depiction on the conditions which breed violence as an outlook on life. Death is literally depicted as the goal which will provide these solider's meaning for existence, so masculine war games follow naturally.
Es una película visualmente buena, contiene varios aspectos muy bien realizados, tiene un uso del color no tan marcado, aunque en las tonalidades rojas y naranjas resaltan bastante bien, un ejemplo seria algunos de los atardeceres y las llamas , la mayoría de las tomas utilizadas son con planos medios e inserts aunque también se utiliza el zoom en los personajes o acciones claves de la película
Esta película tiene una connotación política importante. Estados Unidos se reivindica como una figura omnipotente y "buena" en el momento de conseguir sus intereses a costa de la locura de sus soldados. Enfermiza y humana es la travesía en el desierto en el que el miedo al otro es una motivación esencial como coartada a una explotación del petroleo indiscriminada y cruel. A la mierda los congresistas estado unidenses
An incendiary, pitch-black look at the first Gulf War. Jake Gyllenhaal is brilliant here, jumping from amicable to terrifying to pathetic all in one go. It’s also funny as hell. Where The Hurt Locker was more of a fictional documentary, just presenting events, Jarhead has a clear political commentary, in the form of Gyllenhaal’s voiceover. Also, he’s shirtless a good percentage of the time. Always a plus.
An admirable film with fearless performances and unbelievably evocative cinematography (can we expect anything less from Roger Deakins?). This is a challenging movie and I don't like that so many people dismiss it. I'm not into war movies, I don't particularly like the army, but this film offered a lot for me to think about. Mainly, the reality of being in a war zone. It's not all shooting and explosions, you know.
Beautiful cinematography. Everything else is sloppy. This is probably the least affecting war movie I've ever seen. It was boring and I didn't care about the characters. It tries to reference classic Vietnam movies in an ironic way but ends up coming over as a pale, lifeless imitation. Not fit to share the same jeep as David Simon's TV masterpiece Generation Kill', which is about the second Iraq war.