Full Metal Jacket

Balonne Beacon - - LIFE TV GUIDE - 0912

Fri­day, sbs, 8.30pm, MA15+ (1987)

Stan­ley Kubrick was un­der no il­lu­sions when he set about har­ness­ing the re­al­ity of what war does to the hu­man spirit. Full Metal Jacket presents war as a phe­nom­e­non. It’s a film of two halves, de­void of pol­i­tics and strat­egy, that fol­lows the “de­hu­man­is­ing” of sol­diers, first at boot camp, then in com­bat in Viet­nam. R. Lee Ermey (a former drill sergeant in real life) is ex­plo­sive as Sgt Hart­man, Vin­cent D’Onofrio is haunt­ing as the ex­ces­sively be­rated Pri­vate “Pyle”, and Matthew Mo­dine (pic­tured) of­fers a fas­ci­nat­ing por­trayal as Pri­vate “Joker”– the jour­ney’s pulse – whose ironic, smart-alec dis­po­si­tion un­der­pins the mad­ness. Har­row­ing, beau­ti­ful and un­for­get­table.

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