Jarhead was a film released in 2005 staring Jake Gyllenhaal, Jamie Foxx, and Lucas Black. The movie follows Gyllenhaal, who plays Anthony Swofford. The movie is based on the memoir written by Anthony Swofford which goes by the same name as the movie. Jarhead follows Swofford from where he goes to boot camp and follows him until the end of the war. It is different than most war movies because nothing actually happened other then training and patrolling. The movie seems to have followed along with what really happened but of course there were some added parts for the entertainment.
The movie begins with you following Swofford to the U.S. Marine Corp boot camp and getting mistreated by his drill instructor. Eventually while at boot camp Staff Sergeant Sykes runs across Swofford and offers him the opportunity to join the sniper program and he accepts and gets hooked shooting once he starts. He gets paired with Troy, who is played by Peter Sarsgaard, and Troy becomes Swofford’s spotter. Shortly after they complete their training Kuwait is invaded is invaded by Iraq and Swofford’s unit is deployed to the Persian Gulf as a part of Operation Desert Shield. The troops were waiting for this moment every since training to actually get a chance to see some real action. Once they got there they were forced to hydrate, patrol, train, and hydrate some more. Swofford’s unit does not see any action until they are involved in a friendly fire mistake but other than that they just train and pass the time by at the base. Eventually Swofford is given a combat mission and right as he is about to take his shot other members of the Marines call an air strike and ruin it for them. By the time they actually think they are going to shoot something the war is over and they are about to be sent home without seeing any kind of action. The movies ends with everyone going their separate ways and eventually some of them reunite for Troy’s funeral.