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Full Metal Jacket – [1987]

January 25, 2010

War is always a bitter thing. The men in the battlefield were prepared to face the death. They have to be strong, forget about the right and wrong, value of a life and the only thing they have to do is order their command. Among the notable films which has registered the war situations,Β Full Metal Jacket is also one directed by one of the legendary filmmaker Stanley Kubrick.


Film opens with the group of new people trained in U.S.Marines under Sergeant Hartman who does the job of turning each individual into a ruthless warriors. Most of the training scenes revolves around the Pvt. Joker and Pvt. Pyle. Sergeant Hartman grows disliking towards Pvt. Pyle as he is overweight and also due to his inability to do lot of tasks. Frustrated by him, he orders Pvt. Joker to take care of him and asks Pvt. Pyle to learn things from him. Under the Joker he learns the things slowly.

One day for a mistake committed by Pyle, Hartman punishes every other in the group which causes everybody to hate Pyle. Pyle becomes alone, frustrated and concentrates hard on training does well in handling rifles. But at the end of the training he does a tragic thing with that the training part of the film ends.

Film then opens in Vietman where Joker was sent to join the American army and serves as a combat correspondent. He was then ordered to join the army in Phu bai, a marine operating base. In the battlefield they were losing their commanders one by one due to the traps and sniper. As the sniper kills one by one, the remaining people moves in the pursuit of the sniper.


As a law, a great film comprises of great performances. Full Metal Jacket is boosted up by wonderful performances from R.Lee Ermey (Hartman), Mathew Modine (Joker), Vincent D’Onofrio (Pvt. Pyle) and every other. R.Lee Ermey as a drill instructor lives that role. He is basically a drill instructor worked in the U.S.Marines and trained the soldiers for Vietnam war. He has written the dialogues for himself. We could hear all the foul mouthed words in English in the first half of the film. Most of them I didn’t understand.

Mathew Modine as a marine with heart shows a lot of emotions he goes through.Vincent as the obese, absent minded Pvt. Pyle does his part well. Everybody in the film lived how they will live as a soldiers in battlefield.


Film moves in the eyes of the Pvt. Joker who narrates the story to the viewer. The film doesn’t tries to show what really happens in the training camp or what happened in the Vietnam but it just takes the field as Vietnam war to show about the wars all around the world and the mentality of the soldiers.The film shows how an individual transforms during the training, the interactions between the soldiers in the war situations and their motive of sacrificing and fighting till the end for the loss of their army men.


Director Stanley Kubrick was one who likes to do enough groundwork before taking up the project. After the release of his film ‘The shining’ he wanted to do a film on Holocaust by drawing the experiences and inputs from Michael Herr, who has written the Vietnam war memoir Dispatches. But he abandoned that in favor of a film on Vietnam war. He needed to suitable story to adapt and after reading the novel ‘The short-timers‘ written by Gustav Hasford, he decided to made a film. He along with Herr and Hasford worked on the screenplay of the film.

To know more about the research did by Kubrick for this film, you can read here. This film for sure will stand for time to come as it’s not standing on its technical brilliance but shows about the war circumstances which is not going to change even in the modern world. But that doesn’t mean its inferior in technical aspects. This film can stand on its own in technical terms also.

Full Metal Jacket – Captured as it is.



Training Scene:


An update:

I am not able to write the review of all the films. So I have created page for the same here where I will write my short view about the movies as and when I finish watching. Hope I will write about a film/week atleast πŸ™‚

17 Comments leave one →
  1. January 25, 2010 11:16 pm

    dhiskyaaon…goli maar bejhe main
    bejha shor kartha hai
    Comment first karega tho
    dance karega kaluuuu…maa ma…kalu mama

    FIRST!!! πŸ™„

    kanagu: Yes you are, Sakshi.. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ but I don’t understand hindi lines 😦 😦

    • January 26, 2010 11:10 pm

      Sigh!! let me translate then πŸ™„ …ok forget the translation will write a whole new one for celebrating my first comment at ur place

      Kanagu kanagu take it easy kanagu
      blogil first commentu pannal
      song and dance tha policy…. :mrgreen:

      Please eggjuse my tamil words πŸ˜›

      kanagu: πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€
      why I have to egguse… you can use any language here Sakshi πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  2. January 25, 2010 11:42 pm

    Oh ho so you are a Stanley Kubrick fan?? I have not watched this Full Metal Jacket but have read the book by Gustav. I have watched Stanley Kubrick’s – A Clockwork Orange, Eyes Wide Shut…etc.. Gosh his movies give me sleepless nights. But I must admit the director has a great eye for details. His sets are always wonderful and the colours of lights he uses are brilliant…OMG…I love that πŸ™‚ Maybe next time I will pick up the movie you have suggested and trust me I need at least 100 bollywood highly romantic full of song movies to wash down the uneasy effects Stanley Kubrick leaves behind in his movies πŸ˜₯

    kanagu: I like his perfectionism… πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ LOL… don’t take films seriously…. see it, enjoy it and forget the bad parts… πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    Btw I think I was blabbering nonsense in this comment πŸ™„ but that’s the damn effect Kubrick has on his victims πŸ˜₯

    kanagu: LOL.. πŸ˜†

  3. January 26, 2010 6:36 am

    You’ve become a full time film reviewer now…

    kanagu: Thanks bones.. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  4. January 26, 2010 8:23 am

    Awesome header Kanagu .. wanted to tell u sday but forgot abt it πŸ˜›

    kanagu: Thanks Swaram πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    Oh I hv read a lot abt Kubrick but hv nt watched any movie of his yet πŸ˜›

    kanagu: Watch his movies.. he puts his heart and soul in movies..

    I will try to catch up with this one πŸ™‚ Btw, u hv become a gr8 reviewer Kanagu …. cn go by ur suggestions me thinks πŸ˜‰

    kanagu: This one good.. which shows the true face of war….

    That page is a nice idea … so that it will be up-to-date πŸ™‚

    kaangu: Thanks Swaram πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  5. January 26, 2010 4:16 pm

    Hmmm not my type of movie.Hey watch Kite runner da.Awesome movie.I’m sure you will like it.Watch it and do let me know your take….

    kanagu: Will watch it for sure Anish… I have read that book… will watch it soon πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ and let you know…

  6. January 26, 2010 10:04 pm

    This one is already in my Netfix queue. Should be getting it soon! πŸ™‚
    Thanks for the review!

    kanagu: Welcome here Manoj πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
    watch it.. and let me know whether you have liked it.. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  7. January 27, 2010 9:41 am

    man you write good reviews!!!

    kanagu: Thank you.. thank you.. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  8. January 27, 2010 12:20 pm

    First I shld appreciate the wonderful header – lovely dolphins !!! πŸ™‚

    kanagu: Thank you.. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    How many movies do u watch per week, man ???? πŸ™‚

    kanagu: 2 or 3 only 😐 😐

  9. January 27, 2010 11:14 pm

    somehow I dont like war movies..I have not seen Saving Private Ryan yet!!

    kanagu: Me too didn’t seen Saving Private Ryan yet… 😦 😦

  10. January 28, 2010 12:11 am

    Kelvipettade kidayaadu !!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    kanagu: πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  11. January 29, 2010 3:24 pm

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  12. January 30, 2010 3:27 pm

    Not my mind of a movie :P. I do enjoy action once in a while but not always :P. Yeah, yeah when it comes it movies… i m a girly girl ;).

    kanagu: LOL.. πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

    • January 30, 2010 3:28 pm

      kind*… even in like hardly a sentence i make a typo *sigh*.

      kanagu: No problem πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  13. February 3, 2010 12:50 am

    Hiya! really sorry I haven’t yet read your posts.. will come back.. wanted to let you know that you have been awarded and tagged πŸ™‚

    kanagu: No problem Shruthi.. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
    thanks for the award and tagging me.. I will do soon.. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  14. February 21, 2010 1:12 am

    Great idea to have a movie page! Now I know where to read unbiased reviews of the latest movies! πŸ™‚

    kanagu: Thank you for trusting my reviews Raj.. hope I never mislead you… πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚


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