First Look: Jarhead
Release Date: November 4, 2005
Distributor: Universal Pictures
Film Genre: Drama
Country: United States
Director: Sam Mendes
Screenwriter: William Broyles, Jr
Cast: Peter Sarsgaard, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jamie Foxx, Lucas
Black, Chris Cooper, Laz Alonso, Dennis Haysbert, Sam Rockwell, Jacob
Jarhead (the self-imposed moniker of the Marines) follows "Swoff"
(Gyllenhaal), a third-generation enlistee, from a sobering stint in boot
camp to active duty, sporting a sniper's rifle and a hundred-pound ruck
on his back through Middle East deserts with no cover from intolerable
heat or from Iraqi soldiers, always potentially just over the next horizon.
Swoff and his fellow Marines sustain themselves with sardonic humanity
and wicked comedy on blazing desert fields in a country they don't understand
against an enemy they can't see for a cause they don't fully fathom. Foxx
portrays Sergeant Sykes, a Marine lifer who heads up Swofford's scout/sniper
platoon, while Sarsgaard is Swoff's friend and mentor, Troy, a die-hard
member of STA-their elite Marine Unit.
An irreverent and true account of a war that was antiseptically packaged
a decade ago, Jarhead is laced with dark wit, honest inquisition and episodes
that are at once surreal and poignant, tragic and absurd.
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