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Certificate 15
Jake Gyllenhaal
Jamie Foxx
Peter Sarsgaard
Chris Cooper
Sam Mendes
William Broyles Jr.
Running Time
123 minutes

Sam Mendes sets his sights on the first Gulf War.

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It's 1990. Twenty year-old US Marine Anthony Swofford (Gyllenhaal) is sent to the Saudi Arabian desert as Saddam has invaded Kuwait and Uncle Sam has promised to do something about it. 'Swoff' is part of the 'elite' STA (Surveillance and Target Acquisition) platoon: one-shot, one-kill sniping experts. He wants to see action. But all he can see is sand…

While not quite the war movie that many of us were hoping to see right now, Mendes’ dispassionate take on the first Gulf War has many merits, and it does bring vividly to life the peculiar dilemma of the modern soldier.

Reviewed by Colin Kennedy

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