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Based on Marine Anthony Swofford’s best-selling autobiography detailing his experiences as a soldier on the ground in Kuwait during Desert Storm. With danger at every turn, Swofford (Gyllenhaal) and his fellow Marines use humor to cope with the enormity of their mission. Foxx gives another great performance as Sergeant Sykes, a Marine lifer who heads up Swofford’s platoon. Featuring a bevy of bonus material including news interviews in full, deleted scenes, commentary with director Sam Mendes and more.
Reviews Counted: 195
Rotten: Sporadically entertaining, and ultimately pointless -- although that seems to be its agenda right from the start.-Garth Franklin, Dark Horizons, January 15, 2008
Fresh:-, Empire Magazine, April 01, 2006
Rotten: It's another fine Gyllenhaal performance, but not really enough, because his suffering doesn't amount to a hill of Kuwaiti sand in the end.-Paul Byrnes, Sydney Morning Herald, February 10, 2006
Fresh: The film's strong suit is vagueness, presenting combat as a semi-surreal state of ignorant expectation and dislocated experience: these warriors loll in the desert awaiting action or trying to make sense of its consequences.-Ben Walters, Time Out, February 09, 2006