A superb ensemble cast falls in for action in Stanley Kubrick's brilliant saga about the Vietnam War and the dehumanizing process that turns people into trained killers. Joker (Matthew Modine), Animal Mother (Adam Baldwin), Gomer (Vincent D'Onofrio), Eightball (Dorian Harewood), Cowboy (Arliss Howard) and more - all are plunged into a boot-camp hell pitbulled by a leatherlung D.I. (Lee Ermey) who views the would-be devil dogs as grunts, maggots or something less. The action is savage, the story unsparing, the dialogue spiked with scathing humor. Full Metal Jacket, from its rigors of basic training to its nightmare of combat in Hue City, scores a cinematic direct hit.
kubrick at his best!
- Full Metal Jacket review by JS
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This film is based on the novel "The Short-Timers" by Gustav Hasford.The first half of this film is set in boot camp on Parris Island.The second half is then set in a war stricken Vietnam.The film sparks into life straight away with the magnificent Sgt Hartman questioning his new recruits about their home place and so forth.The most intresting of these characters would be Gomer Pile who is picked on from the start.The way Kubrick builds up Pile is sheer excellence.Sgt Hartman Is cruel but brilliant.For example the way the group get punished for Piles mistakes.And for this the group begin to resent PIles and bully him.The film now builds to an amazing climax...... Its off to Vietnam next where you begin to realise this is an anti-war film.This film is far better than its closest rivals "Platoon" and "Hamburger hill" ."Full Metal Jacket"dispels Vietnam myths and is rich in black humour which serves to undercut any possible air of pretension. The claustrophobic feel to the film adds to the the tension and atmosphere. Overall this film is a true masterpiece and should be bought by any war or Kubrick fan.This is without a doubt one of thre greatest war movies ever made.
Classic Kubrick, classic war movie
- Full Metal Jacket review by Jawbreaker
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Finally Warners have done credit to Full Metal Jacket and the transfer here is rich in detail and vibrancy. The colours are sharp and the original print must have been well treated, as there are no visible defects. This film visually is equal to many Middle East conflict films being released today and is a credit to everyone involved. This is the ultimate war film, whether you're looking for Vietnam or another conflict. The struggle to become a soldier and then the harsh realty of killing (and working with Kubrick) has never been captured so vividly. The extras are disappointing after 2001 and other Kubrick Blu Rays, but the quality of the film more than makes up for this.