Hollywood comes up with a myriad of ideas for film storylines. While some are quite common, there are others that stand out because they are either unique or too close to reality. Military-inspired/focused films belong to the latter. They are often too close to home, which is why many of our soldiers and modern-day heroes can relate to them. Here are three films that anyone from our military community can identify with.
1. Empire of the Sun – 1987
Although it was released back in 1987 and featured a very young Christian Bale, the theme and message of Empire of the Sun reverberate until today. The World War II Shanghai war drama told the story of a young boy named Jim, who is obsessed with war planes. In the first part of the story, he considers the internment camp (where he stays) as his playground. Later on, however, as the war rages on, he slowly realizes what is happening and loses his innocence.
2. Casualties of War – 1989
Another film that came out in the late 80s. This one features Michael J. Fox as a soldier who has to face challenges and deal with situational ethics. The story takes place during the Vietnam War, where Fox and his fellow American soldiers went rogue and later on got into sex slavery. This is one of the war and military-themed films that drives a lot of drama no matter what age you are. Casualties of War is one of the best films of Fox. Brian De Palma directed the film.
3. Full Metal Jacket – 1987
It looks like the 80s has a lot of exceptional military and war-themed films. Full Metal Jacket is just one of the many. This movie, helmed by the great Stanley Kubrick, is also set during the Vietnam War. It has a lot of unforgettable scenes, including the one in the bathroom scene that saw Private Pyle (played by Leonard Lawrence) kill Sergeant Hartman (R. Lee Ermey) and himself. Pyle was one of the new recruits, along with Private Joker (Matthew Modine). One part of the movie focuses on their training while the second part follows the young soldiers are they go through the Tet Offensive.