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ASHES IN THE HOURGLASS's rating of the film Full Metal Jacket

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.