Thursday, February 07, 2008

MOVIE: Jarhead

Jarhead is the stunning memoir of Anthony Swofford, played by Jake Gyllenhaal. He is a Marine sniper fighting in Gulf War V1.0. He and his unit are ordered to stay in constant readiness for a battle that almost never arrives. "It's the waiting -- that's our life," Swoff tells the camera.

I was Swofford's age when the first bombs fell on Baghdad. And his struggles could have easily been my struggles. It's easily the struggle of many people in my generation.

Jarhead is emotionally, mentally, and spiritually powerful. It is funny. It is dark. It is intense. And touching. Many of the visual scenes are striking. The acting is perfect. The writing is fantastic.

Loved the flick. Honestly can't think of any negative things to say about Jarhead. Well worth a rental. And not likely to disappoint many Generation X viewers.

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