Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Full Metal Jacket

The 1987 film, Full Metal Jacket, stars R. Lee Ermey, Matthew Modine, Vincent D'Onofrio and Arliss Howard. The film starts with a boot camp in South Carolina. Sergeant Hartman immediately puts the recruits in their place. Joker, Gomer, and Cowboy are three recruits who quickly become friends. These marines each are totally different yet form a bond while being pushed around by Sergeant Hartman. His harsh commands show what life for these recruits is truly like. His nicknames Leonard Lawrence Gomer Pyle and we see the mistreatment from the drill instructor which effects his physical and psychological damage. Gomer Pyle tends to go against orders and procedures at boot camp which leads to the entire platoon to pay for his mishaps. Poor Pyle is attacked by the entire platoon during a "blanket party". After being ostersized by his drill instructor and fellow recruits, his personality totally changes, but not in a good way. He becomes sullen and though it may impress Sergeant Hartman, something is definately wrong with him. I mean the guy talks to his rifle! Sure enough, one night while Joker is on firewatch duty, Pyle is in the bathroom loading his rifle. Pyle is out for Hartman who has continually put him down since day one.

The movie changes locations and is now taking place in Vietnam. Joker is assigned to a Marine public affairs unit and has a new partner, Rafterman. Luckily for them everything is pretty quiet around them. And then it changes and the Marine base is attacked. Joker has to go into battle for the first time! Eventually Joker and Rafterman end up with Cowboy. Cowboy is soon killed by a sniper. Everyone is after the sniper who has killed their friend. When Joker finds her his rifle jams and Rafterman comes to the rescue and shoots the sniper(who happens to be a woman). However she doesn't die at firt, but Joker to his dismay fixes that. The movie doesn't have a very good ending and you a left with them marching off to the looks of another battle.

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