Yesterday I went to a preview of Jarhead movie (opens in US 4th of November)Link: WELCOME TO THE SUCK.
The movie remided me of the Full metal Jacket. The main character Swofford played by Jake Gyllenhaal "lost his way to college" and joined the US marines. The first part of the movie is describing the training at boot camp and at sniper school. Seems that nothing has changed since Vietnam and Kubric's FMJ. This is where the mind washing of the young men start. They are turned to mindless killers who follow orders. The sniper training was pretty accurately pictured.
Soon the platoon is sent to Iraq to operation desert shield. Desert shield was the build up phase to the desert storm the first gulf war. Waiting and mindles training in the desert lead up to the start of the action as both sides get ready for the mother of all wars.
Getting psyched for the action can frustrate a man if nothing happens. The war ended and not all troops saw the enemy or any action. Swofford never fires a shot in the war. Just like the Full metal Jacket was not a war movie, this is not a movie about the war. The Jarhead is a movie about the soldiers and their training. It is showing how a single grunt in a sleeping hole sees the war.
The movie is not about the current conflict where the US death toll just reached 2000. I guess some things have changed. Today soldiers have blogs and they can communicate with their loved ones online. This doesn't mean that they are nessecary aware what is going around them. No CNN for enlisted... The last part offers some great images of the soldiers in the middle of burning oil wells in a scenery that resembel Hell and platoon walking through the unlucky convoy of bomb-toasted cars stolen from Kuwait.