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Date: Nov 09 2005


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Jarhead is the story of a group of marines in the war zone. It reflects the current condition of troops in Iraq.
Listen to Dave and Taylor talk about the movie.


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Taylor:  So, you were telling me about this new movie with Jake Gyllenhaal, Jarhead. What’s it all about?

Dave:  Yeah, Jarhead. It follows, you know, a platoon of marines. I guess they’re supposed to be in Iraq. I don’t know if it says explicitly. But, it follows them through, you know, their experiences day-to-day in a war zone.

Taylor:  Mm hmm. Does it show them go through boot camp and the transition from civilian life to army life?

Dave:  Yeah, it does. I don’t know too much about it. I haven’t seen it. I’ve only seen the previews, but I know it focuses kind of on the whole experience of being a marine.

Taylor:  Yeah.

Dave:  And it does it, kind of, in an apolitical way, It doesn’t really take sides for or against the war…

Taylor:  Mm hmm.

Dave:  ...just comments on, you know, the life of a soldier.

Taylor:  I’ve heard there are some elements of investigating cases of shell shock in it, you know, from the first Iraqi war.

Dave:  Yeah.

Taylor:  What kind of elements of that did you see, at least in the preview?

Dave:  It makes some commentary about people who have a difficulty adapting back into society after having been in a war. And the movie apparently took a real toll on the actors themselves because it was so intense that, after certain scenes, they didn’t speak to each other for weeks or even months at a time. It just goes to show that war is a very intense condition.



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A popular saying among soldiers is, “Ours is not to question why. Ours is but to do and die.” This means that a soldier should not ask questions about what he is told to do, he should just obey and do what he is told.
What do you think about this saying? Are there similar expressions in the military in your country?



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muy interesante….

03:55 AM Nov 17 2005 |

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