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Sometimes the best movies aren't the most popular. Almost 20 years ago, a war movie shocked audiences. Considered one of the best films of its kind by some, it didn't really find an audience when it was released despite its $72 million budget.

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An innovative war film

When we think about the war movieswe often think of feature films with numerous shooting scenes and other explosions that increase the tension. Among the best known, we could cite We have to save the soldier Ryan, Apocalypse Now, Full Metal Jacketor more recently Fury And You will not kill. But sometimes, some directors try to move away from what the audience expects to offer something new. This is for example what Sam Mendes in 2005 with his film Jarhead: The End of Innocence.

In this movie, it is the actor Jake Gyllenhaal (Spider-Man: Far From Home) who plays the main role. He then plays the American soldier Anthony Swofford sent to the Middle East during the Gulf War. This marine actually existed and wrote his story in a memoir that inspired the film. But while most war films focus on scenes of conflict, Jarhead chooses to take a very introspective point of view focused on Swofford and his state of mind.The viewer can thus see the horror of war in a more honest and psychological way, without it all being drowned under a layer of glory.


A misunderstood film, but the director made up for it

When Jarhead: The End of Innocence was released, it couldn't be said that it had really convinced viewers. Indeed, Despite its $72 million budget, it only grossed $97 million at the worldwide box office.making it a barely repaid failure. However, in addition to the mixed reviews that can be expected with such a score, some spectators and journalists already noted at the time the innovative side of the film and its stagingJarhead was seen as realistic and unconventional, but was still criticized for its lack of conflict scenes.

It's 2 hours long and cost $72 million: this disturbing war film is one of the best ever made in the last 20 years.

Fortunately, the commercial failure of Jarhead did not convince its director to end his career, far from it. Moviegoers probably balked when they read his name, but Sam Mendes is very famous in Hollywood today. It must be said that it is to him that we owe Sky Fall (one of the best James Bond films), but also the much-loved 1917 released in 2019. Another war film with phenomenal direction, the latter also stood out for its less frontal approach to war but above all for its construction in a giant sequence shot. 1917 also won three Oscars: Best Cinematography, Best Sound Mixing and Best Visual Effects.

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