The entire first half of Stanley Kubrick's epic Vietnam war drama Full Metal Jacket is one of the greatest depictions of Marine Corps Recruit Training in cinematic history. And though the sequence may seem a bit out-of-date today, one scene in particular has remained a fan favorite of troops and “nasty civilians” since the iconic film premiered in 1987.
Set among a psychiatrist's office, empty American streets, and a nondescript warzone resembling the Middle East, the trailer for the upcoming fantasy war film, “Man Down,” is gritty, emotionally charged, and a bit of a mindfuck.
With Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper” going into nationwide release Jan. 16, many Iraq vets will be heading to theaters to get a look at the first feature film to give the war an extended “boots-on-the-ground” treatment. The Hollywood blockbuster's adaptation of the late Chris Kyle’s autobiography has received mostly positive reviews, but veterans will be judging Eastwood’s version of the story by an entirely different standard.
War and the military have long been favorite subjects for Hollywood movie producers. Well-done war movies can really capture the spirit and complexities of warfare and military service (think Saving Private Ryan).