Full Metal Jacket is a war-drama by legendary director Stanley Kubrick that was released in 1987. The film reflects the daily life of soldiers fighting in the Vietnam War and is divided into two parts. The first part deals with the preparation for the Vietnam War and is set in a military base in the US. The second part shows the dramatic situation soldiers had to face in Vietnam. Compared to other war-dramas, Full Metal Jacket concentrates on the reality of war and the daily life of the soldiers. Thus, the mechanisms and cruelty of war play a central role in the whole film. There are also some archived recordings that underline the realistic representation of the war.
Hence, Full Metal Jacket is a very convincing and brutal film that displays the Vietnam War in a very
realistic way. The viewers not only suffers with the fighting soldiers, they also get to know how it was for Americans to “live” in Vietnam between 1955 and 1975. (Raphael Sachs, 8a)