It's 1990 and twenty-year-old Anthony 'Swoff' Swofford is a brilliant sniper and part of the elite STA (Surveillance and Target Acquisition) in the US Marines. Trained in Paris Island by drill instructor Staff Sgt. Sykes, Swoff strikes up a friendship with platoon rabble-rouser Troy before being packed off to Kuwait when Iraq invades. The young men are hungry for a kill, but days turn into weeks and the unit become increasingly disillusioned with their part in a new type of warfare that makes the ordinary foot soldier almost obsolete. With nothing to do but lay around in the sun, play football and worry about what his girlfriend is doing at home, Swoff tries to stay positive, but the heat and the business-like way America is conducting the war (the troops are made to sign contracts to ensure that they won't sue if their anti-chemical medicine has side-effects) drains his motivation. Tensions start to rise within the platoon and soon the troops start to turn on each other. Drama, based on the book by veteran Anthony Swofford, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Jamie Foxx, Peter Sarsgaard and Chris Cooper.