Full Metal Jacket (1987)

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Full Metal Jacket (1987)
  • Time: 116 min
  • Genre: Drama | War
  • Director: Stanley Kubrick
  • Cast: Matthew Modine, Adam Baldwin, Vincent D’Onofrio

Storyline:

A two-segment story that follows young men from the start of recruit training in the Marine Corps to the lethal cauldron known as Vietnam. The first segment follows Joker, Pyle and others as they progress through the hell of USMC boot-camp at the hands of the colorful, foul-mouthed Gunnery Sergeant Hartman. The second begins in Vietnam, near Hue, at the time of the Tet Offensive. Joker, along with Animal Mother, Rafterman and others, face threats such as ambush, booby traps, and Viet Cong snipers as they move through the city.

2 reviews

  • To start off, i think i should explain why i love this film so much, this is a war film that managed to compel me as well as conveying a good meaning, it gives intense action as well as being a deep kubrick movie.

    Now obviously it is my opinion that it is the best war movie of all time, but the reason i believe it towers over a film like apocalypse now ( which i still love ) is because i felt parts of apoc now drags on a bit, and did find myself getting a bit bored, but in fmj i did not get bored once.

    The bleak, cynical outcome of the film, is mixed with just the right amount of black humour to make me laugh and i will admit ( and this does not usually happen), burst into tears at a certain point, and knockout performances from r. lee ermey, d’onofrio, Baldwin and Modine make this my third favourite film of all time ( so far ).

    A must watch.

  • I’m a bit ashamed I’ve never seen this film, especially since I’ve had no reason to doubt Stanley Kubrick’s genius. The Shining and A Clockwork Orange are both fantastic and the same can be said here. For those who haven’t see it and don’t know what Full Metal Jacket is about, it focuses on the U.S. Army and how the dehumanizing effects the U.S.-Vietnam War has on his fellow recruits from their brutal boot camp training to the bloody street fighting in Hue. I found the first half of the film much better than the second half as I enjoyed watching Gomer Pyle’s (Vincent D’Onofrio) slow conversion into insanity. When it got into the war side of the film I found it to drag over time and it didn’t interest me as much.
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