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Jarhead 3: The Siege

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Violence, profanity, cliches in unnecessary sequel.

Movie R 2016 95 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 5+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 2+

Unveiling Racism and Imperialism

Guess who the terrorists are? Whites destroy the homes of people in the Middle East, yet they dare to remain there and occupy their land space under the guise of embassies, even after imposing sanctions on them globally. They ought to return home. However, they have no true home, considering that the USA also rightfully belongs to the Native Americans.
age 7+

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

There are precious few third movies in movie franchises that are any good, and this in no way breaks that pattern. The assorted characters are the types you've seen in countless war movies, from the corrupt pencil-pushing bureaucrat, to the gung-ho soldier eager to prove his mettle. While there's enough self awareness to avoid the good guy/bad guy dichotomy that so dominated most 20th century war movies, even the cynicism regarding American foreign policy has become stock as anything else. Waiting for anything mold-breaking is for the audience like the Marine security guards fighting the terrorists in this movie waiting for Dennis Haysbert's character to arrive to provide back-up and rescue. However, at least in the latter, the waiting isn't completely futile.

The battle scenes have some exciting moments to almost take one's mind off of how run-of-the-mill this movie is from start to finish. And, like previous Jarhead movies, there's an attempt to convey a realistic sense of life in the Marines, particularly with the day to day. Even so, most of that is forgotten by the time we reach the inevitable nonstop fighting, shooting, and kabooming in the movie's third act. The cacophony in these final battle scenes can almost make the viewer forget the terrible American accent mumbled by the British actor in Jarhead 3: The Siege, but not quite.

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