Why I recommend this — 4 years ago
I read the other reviews here about Jarhead before writing mine so I could clarify my thoughts better. Jarhead is not a Full Metal Jacket wannabe movie. In actuality, it is an homage to all war films, and updating it to the Gulf War relates it to a modern audience. Sam Mendes is a great director and although the first part of Jarhead seems to be right out of Full Metal Jacket, I think what I learned is how little the military has changed in 25 years. Also that the infantry man has been rendered irrelevant by technology in large scale wars. (although as we know in Afghanistan, that there are limits to what we can do against a guerrilla force).
People complained that there was no plot, but I disagree. The frustration of life and war is represented here, and you feel uneasy just as the characters do in their situation. This movie is a slice of life which I thought was worth watching.