If you thought the drill instructors from The Boys in Company C and Full Metal Jacket were pure fictions, this vivid documentary chronicling 12 weeks of basic training shows how true-to-life those loud-mouthed portrayals can be. From the first moment the bus arrives at a San Diego marine base, the screaming begins. Drill instructors shout at the top of their lungs "Open your mouth!" and "Hurry the freak up!" as frazzled, fresh-faced recruits tackle any number of tasks: from putting their beds together to cleaning their barracks to enduring the "boot camp death march"—an excruciating endurance test that causes more than one recruit to collapse in agony, only to face the wrath and humiliation of their superiors. Without judgment or bias, Ears, Open. Eyeballs, Click. presents an unfiltered, fly-on-the-wall glimpse into the chaos and pain of boot camp. Are the young men of Platoon 1141 being trained as models of discipline and respect or dehumanized killing machines? The film remains defiantly objective, intent on allowing viewers to enter this secret world and form their own opinion.

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April 21, 2011
Canaan Brumley

Canaan Brumley


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