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Jarhead 2: Field of Fire (2014)

R | | Action, Drama, War | Video 8 August 2014
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Without tanks or air support, a corporal and his team must muster all the courage and firepower they can to fight their way across war-torn Afghanistan and shepherd an important anti-Taliban woman to safety.

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Don Michael Paul
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cole Hauser ... Navy Seal Special Ops Fox
Josh Kelly ... Chris Merrimette
Danielle Savre ... Danielle 'Danni' Allen
Bokeem Woodbine ... Danny Kettner
Ronny Jhutti ... Khalid
Cassie Layton Cassie Layton ... Anoosh
Jesse Garcia ... Rafael Soto
Jason Wong ... Li
Esai Morales ... Captain Jones
Stephen Lang ... Major Gavins
Chad Mountain ... Soc Cooper
Amr El-Bayoumi Amr El-Bayoumi ... Police Captain
Velislav Pavlov Velislav Pavlov ... Nafiz
Ralitsa Paskaleva ... Heather
Mike Straub Mike Straub ... Staff Sergeant Dickson
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Battle-scarred and disillusioned by the war, Corporal Chris Merrimette is put in charge of a unit whose next mission is to resupply a remote outpost on the edge of Taliban-controlled territory. While driving through the hostile Helmand province, a Navy SEAL flags down their convoy and enlists the unit on an operation of international importance: they must help an Afghan woman famous for her defiance of the Taliban escape the country. Without tanks or air support, Merrimette and his team will need all the courage and firepower they can muster to fight their way across the war-torn country and shepherd the woman to safety. Written by Production

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Action | Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for war violence and language including sexual references. | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 August 2014 (China) See more »

Also Known As:

Jarhead 2 See more »

Filming Locations:

Bulgaria

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Production Co:

BUFO,Universal Pictures See more »
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

On the Navy SEAL's helmet is a black Punisher coin. See more »

Goofs

U.S. Marines' camouflage utility collars have a wide V-shape with the tips being curved not pointy and horizontal. See more »

Quotes

Chris Merrimette: A Story.
Chris Merrimette: A man has a lot of choices,
Chris Merrimette: and these choices made in life are rarely perfect.
Chris Merrimette: So he decides to sign a contract,
Chris Merrimette: because he want's to make a difference.
Chris Merrimette: He wants to save this world, make it a better place.
Chris Merrimette: The consequences are punishing,
Chris Merrimette: unforgiving,
Chris Merrimette: and he questions why he ever signed that contract.
Chris Merrimette: So what's the fucking point?
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Followed by Jarhead 3: The Siege (2016) See more »

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Hit em with a boom
by King Juju
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Surprisingly effective and tense
14 August 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The title for this film, "Jarhead 2: Field of Fire", appears to be very poorly chosen. This is because it really isn't a sequel to "Jarhead" and you certainly don't need to have seen this prior film to appreciate this new movie. On its own, it's an exceptional film and I strongly recommend it. And, if you didn't know it, a jarhead is a nickname for US Marines--and it's a name they often call each other.

The film is about a small group of soldiers serving in Afghanistan. Oddly, despite this war having lasted well over a decade, very few movies have really talked about it. This picture is a tribute to the American and Afghan soldiers fighting against the Taliban--and it makes its point very personally. Now I know some people reading this have very strong feelings for and against this war--I myself have very mixed feelings. But you cannot help but admire the courage of the individuals willing to risk their lives after you see this film no matter what your views on the war might be. And the film manages to praise and honor them without being jingoistic or overtly political.

As I watched "Jarhead 2", I really wish I could have seen the film with some soldiers who actually have served in Afghanistan to get their insights into the realism of the project. To me, it looked insanely real--about as real and scary as any war picture can be. Although the movie was filmed in Bulgaria, it managed to look pretty much like what I expected Afghanistan to look like. And, the soldiers seemed very professional and believable--like real soldiers. Now for some, this is a problem. To make the film realistic, the film is very bloody. Additionally, like real soldiers, the actors in this film TALK like soldiers--crude, sexually suggestive and totally inappropriate for small kids and the easily offended. However, this DID make the film seem very real, as the soldiers I've known sounded just like these young men and women. Because of all this, the film easily earns its R rating--but I still encourage you to see it. After all, war is so detached from most of us. We see a few reports on TV but really have little idea of the sacrifice or hell these folks go through--and the film is probably about as close as we can get to knowing what it's like to be on the front lines without actually going there. Having unfamiliar faces instead of familiar actors only adds to this effect.

The film has a very simple plot. A convoy is taking supplies to another location when they happen upon a couple US Navy Seals who are trying to escort a local woman to safety. Why, exactly, she is with them is something you learn later in the film. However, the rescue of the Seals and the woman is NOT the end of their problems--it's only the beginning. Soon the caravan is set upon by Taliban fighters and many of the soldiers and all of the vehicles are destroyed. How can the few remaining stragglers possibly escape now that they are trapped behind enemy lines?

This film is very, very tense and personal. The fighting looks very real, the actors appear to bleed and die before your eyes and the film is not pretty, as war is not pretty. This makes the movie tough viewing and certainly isn't for everyone. However, I do strongly recommend the film for many reasons. First, war SHOULD be shown as personal and bloody and awful because it is! While I love old films, the sanitized version of war we got in the 1940s and 50s films from Hollywood made it all seem very 'nice' and Jarhead 2 strips away the myth. Second, although I assume this is a relatively low budget film (despite being released by Universal), you certainly can't tell. The writing, acting and sets all look great and seem real. They certainly got a lot for the money they spent to make this film. Third, I hate that most folks almost always go just to the big-budgeted mega-movies. Many of these films are quite formulaic and the studios don't need your money. Instead, consider spending it on a film that is high quality and gripping from start to finish and which doesn't star Johnny Depp, George Clooney or Angelina Jolie. I have nothing against these actors, but sometimes a film can achieve even more without a big name in the film and "Jarhead 2" actually is a first-rate film.

As always, I'd love to hear from you about the movie. Especially if you are a serviceman or servicewoman, I'd love to know your thoughts--both positive and negative.


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