Between Jake Gyllenhaal, Peter Sarsgaard, and Jamie Foxx, it was pretty much a lock that I was going to see this one. It didn't disappoint. Having never been in the military, I can't say how accurate the film's portrayal of the marine mindset was, but I found the whole thing both enthralling and disturbing. All at once, the film was able to put a human face on the modern day warrior while also presenting characters that I was absolutely incapable of relating to. Watching the way the characters interacted with each other, the vulgarity and violence that pervaded every aspect of their lives, was so utterly foreign to me that at times it was like watching aliens, which is, I think, exactly what I found so fascinating. Additionally, the way the film dealt how being a marine changes a person really struck me. Man, what an intense film.

Viewed: 11/11/2005 | Released: 11/3/2005 | Score: B

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