Military Man
Jarhead
Review by Ross Anthony

The first 20 minutes of this film have masterpiece written all over them, unfortunately, that fire peters out quite constantly until the film comes to a near flat lining ending. Too bad too, because as far as military films go, this one has a brave unique edge and perspective. Itís the tale of a young marine (Gyllenhaal ) whoís enlistment didnít exactly play out as heíd imagined it.

Itís preface hosts some profound poetic prose, ďOnce these hands have held a rifle, nothing will feel the same in their grasp, a woman Ö etc.Ē Iím sure Iím not remembering those lines accurately - my apologies for that, but you get the idea. This profundity is even reprised at the end of the picture. Itís a very good point, but I didnít feel that the film stuck to it. Yes, the first 20 minutes accentuate the point, but then, just as their mission in Desert Storm seems muddy and unclear, so falls the aim of the film. Thereís a moment where Jake Gyllenhaal is supposed to become a bit crazy. Thereís a scene where he goes berserk and he even tells us heís going crazy in the narration -- but I still didnít buy it. The film just doesnít sell it to us.

Thatís all, great idea, great perspective, maybe a great book. But the film loses fire power and canít sustain.

-- Book Contest --


  • Jarhead. Copyright © 2007.
  • Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Peter Sarsgaard, Lucas Black, Chris Cooper, Jamie Foxx, Brian Geraghty, Jacob Vargas, Evan Jones, Laz Alonso.
  • Directed by Sam Mendes.
  • Screenplay by William Broyles Jr. Based on the book by Anthony Swofford.
  • Produced by Douglas Wick, Lucy Fisher at Universal/MP Kappa/Neal Street.

Grade..........................B (2/4)


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