Based on Anthony Swofford’s memoir of the Persian Gulf War, Jarhead follows Swoff (Jake Gyllenhaal) from a sobering stint in army boot camp to active duty, where he sports a sniper rifle through Middle East deserts with his fellow Marines (Jamie Foxx, Peter Saarsgaard).  They sustain themselves with sardonic humanity and wicked comedy in a country they don’t understand against an enemy they can’t see for a cause they don’t fully grasp.

Jarhead was directed by Sam Mendes.  A Neal Street / Red Wagon Production for Universal.