Full Metal Jacket

  • Dir: Stanley Kubrick

  • UK/USA, 1987, 116min, DCP

  • Cast: Matthew Modine, Vincent D’Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey

Stanley Kubrick once again trains his unique cinematic lens on the dehumanising nature of war in this blistering adaptation of Gustav Hasford’s The Short-Timers . Fresh-faced US Marine recruits are shorn like sacrificial spring lambs, then stripped of their dignity and identity by a terrifying drill sergeant (the recently deceased R. Lee Ermey in the role of his life). The once-innocent youngsters are transformed into dead-eyed killing machines, forced into respecting their weapons like women, before being shipped off to Vietnam. Kubrick transformed London’s Isle of Dogs into a bombed-out Asian hellscape, teeming with unseen enemies and reprehensible rhetoric. Yet amidst this nightmarish vision, he captures moments of great beauty and diabolical humor, not to mention the single greatest sniper attack put on film. Unfairly maligned, Full Metal Jacket deserves to rank amongst the filmmaker’s very best work.

1989 Kinema Junpo Awards, Best Foreign Film Director

26.8.2018(SUN): Post-screening talk with Long Tin



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