Jarhead

Jarhead

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Jake Gyllenhaal and Jamie Foxx star in this 2005 Gulf War drama from director Sam Mendes (1917), relaying the experiences written on the page by real-life US Marine Anthony Swofford. More

After putting up with an arduous boot camp, Swofford (Gyllenhaal) and his unit are sent to the Persian Gulf where they are eager to fight, but are forced to stay back from the action. Swofford struggles with the possibility of his girlfriend cheating on him, and as his mental state deteriorates, his desire to kill increases.

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2005Rating: R123 minsUK, USARed Wagon Entertainment, Neal Street Productions
DramaTrue Story & BiographyWar

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Jarhead | Reviews

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San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

The invigorating thing about Jarhead is it makes us encounter the truth in its undigested form.

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USA Today

USA Today

Director Sam Mendes' third screen outing pretty well nails Swofford's tone, which was mordant without being disrespectful, and, in fact, is begrudgingly reverent of the Corps.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

Stunning to look at and to listen to, with elegantly chosen pop songs unspooling on the soundtrack under each fresh new horror.

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BBC

BBC

Jarhead takes a perverse pleasure in confounding your expectations of what a war movie should be.

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Time Out

Time Out

The film's strong suit is vagueness, presenting combat as a semi-surreal state of ignorant expectation and dislocated experience: these warriors loll in the desert awaiting action or trying to make sense of its consequences.

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Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

It's another fine Gyllenhaal performance, but not really enough, because his suffering doesn't amount to a hill of Kuwaiti sand in the end.

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Daily Telegraph

Daily Telegraph

Gyllenhaal can, in fact, act, so the blame must fall elsewhere for his dim performance, all topless tears and soulful voiceovers.

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Jarhead | Release Details

Jarhead is available to stream in New Zealand now on Google Play and Apple TV and Neon.