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Full Metal Jacket [Blu-ray] (Bilingual) [Import]
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Marine recruits endure basic training under a leather-lunged D.I., then plunge into the hell of Vietnam. Matthew Modine heads a talented ensemble in this searing look at a process that turns people into killers.
Stanley Kubrick's 1987, penultimate film seemed to a lot of people to be contrived and out of touch with the '80s vogue for such intensely realistic portrayals of the Vietnam War as Platoon and The Deer Hunter. Certainly, Kubrick gave audiences plenty of reason to wonder why he made the film at all: essentially a two-part drama that begins on a Parris Island boot camp for rookie Marines and abruptly switches to Vietnam (actually shot on sound stages and locations near London), Full Metal Jacket comes across as a series of self-contained chapters in a story whose logical and thematic development is oblique at best. Then again, much the same was said about Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, a masterwork both enthralled with and satiric about the future's role in the unfinished business of human evolution. In a way, Full Metal Jacket is the wholly grim counterpart of 2001. While the latter is a truly 1960s film, both wide-eyed and wary, about the intertwining of progress and isolation (ending in our redemption, finally, by death), Full Metal Jacket is a cynical, Bush-era view of the 1960s' hunger for experience and consciousness that fulfilled itself in violence. Lee Ermey made film history as the Marine drill instructor whose ritualized debasement of men in the name of tribal uniformity creates its darkest angel in a murderous half-wit (Vincent D'Onofrio). Matthew Modine gives a smart and savvy performance as Private Joker, the clowning, military journalist who yearns to get away from the propaganda machine and know firsthand the horrific revelation of the front line. In Full Metal Jacket, depravity and fulfillment go hand in hand, and it's no wonder Kubrick kept his steely distance from the material to make the point. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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An extremely graphic movie and the drill sergeant is particularly real.
This was probably because he was a Marine and from what I have heard, was originally hired as a technical advisor. Kubrick realized he had pure gold and put him in front of the camera.
The second half gives the viewer a taste of the Vietnam war and being in the "s***".
I enjoyed the film immensely and have added it alongside my other Kubrick favourites
The boot camp scene in FMJ had all the look and feel of Parris Island, especially the super-wide cement and brick squad-bays of Second Battalion, which faces the Parris Island parade field. The foot lockers, racks (beds), rifles and other equipment, the drill instructor's commands and tactics, the running chants, the behaviors of the recruits, and the entire mood of the boot camp scene is incredibly accurate. I can see how people who have served in other services or different eras of the Corps might not be able to agree, but my experience at Parris Island WAS the Lee Ermey exprience. A typical platoon started with 72 recruits and graduated with 50-60. One platoon in another series actually graduated 25 out of its original 70. It was that tough physically and psychologically. Rifle Range suicides were common. I saw one.Read more ›
The film begins with a 50 minute boot camp sequence, arguably the most entertaining part of the film. During boot camp, the group of Privates are verbally and physically badgered by Drill Sargeant Hartman. His very vocal use of racial slurs and extremely crude vulgarities shocked even myself, who normally can tolerate such language. But that seems to be Kubrick's intent. He wants us to experience how demoralized the young men must feel. As these men are shocked into obedience, it becomes easier to understand why they would do anything they're told to, even kill.
The high adrenaline first half of the film might make you think the second half is boring. But don't dismiss the 2nd half, because I think this is where Kubrick really tries to make his point.
Shifting to Vietnam, the films follows the path of Joker, one of the privates from the boot camp. Joker has managed to maintain his identity whereas other soldiers seem programmed and brainwashed. When asked why they are in Vietnam, the other soldiers simply reply, "to kill." Whereas Joker sarcastically replys, "I wanted to see exotic Vietnam, the jewel of Southeast Asia. I wanted to meet interesting and stimulating people of an ancient culture ... and kill them. I wanted to be the first kid on my block to get a confirmed kill." Joker seems to understand the irony killing for peace, as expressed by his writing "Born to Kill" on his helment, while wearing a peace sign on his jacket.
A movie like "Full Metal Jacket" seems very appropriate in our current world situation where once again there are those in leadership who seem bent on using war to obtain peace.
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One of my favorite Stanley Kubrick movies. Really kept my attention throughoutPublished 2 months ago by MrSpence
Kubrick is a genius behind the camera, from his shots and angles to hidden meanings, and an over the top case of OCD when it comes to perfection.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer