Day #8, February 8th, 2016.

Still from Jarhead (2005).

Every war is different, every war is the same.

Sam Mendes takes the best of all worlds: an adapted script from Anthony Swofford’s stunningly lucid book, the Godlike Roger Deakins at the camera, and a cast that includes but isn’t limited to Jake Gyllenhaal, Peter Sarsgaard, and Jamie Foxx; then makes a heady cocktail of a war film. A film that is as gorgeous as it is obscene, as (im)morally introspective as it is downright hysterical.

The characters’ barefaced testosterone in the troops who find themselves fighting (that is debatable) the Gulf war guide us through the proceedings, as experienced in the first person by Swofford himself (played by Gyllenhaal in the film). You can love it or hate it, but you cannot simply forget it. 


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