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MGM Home Of The Brave (Blu-ray) (2006)

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  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Language: Arabic, English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MGM
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (155 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000VE439O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #285,444 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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The fact that Home of the Brave is about soldiers coming home from a war that isn't even over is just one of the things that's off in this film; director Irwin Winkler and screenwriter Mark Friedman's 2006 tale of the problems faced by the men and women returning from Iraq is also hampered by thoroughly predictable storytelling, sub-par acting, and sometimes painfully on-the-nose dialogue, reducing what could have been a provocative and challenging effort into so much TV movie fodder. When Army medic Will Marsh (Samuel L. Jackson, who does his best to rise above the level of the material) and soldiers Vanessa Price (Jessica Biel) and Tommy Yates (Brian Presley) return to Spokane, Washington, major readjustment problems loom, mostly due to a chaotic ambush in a small Iraqi town (occurring less than two weeks before they were to be sent home, the incident is so unsurprising that anyone could have seen it coming). Will and his angry teenage son wage their own war, while Dad takes to the bottle; Vanessa's learning to cope with a prosthetic hand, while Tommy's grieving over the best buddy who died in the ambush and the loss of his job, girlfriend, and self-respect. Those matters and the clichéd, unconvincing way in which they're handled, along with the film's refusal to take a strong stand either for or against the war, obscure the potentially much more interesting issues. Are these soldiers patriots, or merely pawns? Were they doing their righteous duty by serving in this conflict, or were they victims sent off to suffer and perhaps die by a bunch of men in suits who never saw a minute of combat themselves? Other home-from-war films, from 1946's The Best Years of Our Lives to 1978's Coming Home to 1989's Born on the Fourth of July, have dealt with these and other issues a good deal more effectively than the earnest and well-intentioned but not very compelling Home of the Brave. --Sam Graham

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When a humanitarian mission in Iraq is derailed by an explosive ambush, a small band of American soldiers find themselves fighting for their lives.

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52 of 58 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars As a former solider, this move is irritating September 13, 2008
Format:DVD
Mere weeks away from learning that their unit has received orders to go home from Iraq, various soldiers go on a humanitarian mission and run into an ambush. Chaos ensues, and all receive an injury in one way, shape, or form. Weeks later they are all in Spokane, Washington and the four main characters (Vanessa - Jessica Biel, Will - Samuel L. Jackson, Jamal - Fiddy, and Tommy - Brian Presely) deal with piecing their lives together while many hate the war, and by proxy, hold that hatred against the soldiers involved in it. The rest is just a person-by-person experience of individuals coping with semi-related post-war lives.

Home of the Brave is controversial in that it's difficult for a movie-maker to relay a message that's very positive of the military life or the struggles of a soldier - and keep a job in Hollywood - but it's clear that the creators of this movie didn't even remotely try. They paint a bleak picture of abandoned, abused, and shell-shocked soldiers who drink uncontrollably, can't control their anger, and can't relate to the "civilian life" outside of the foreign world of the military. In that sense, Home of the Brave reminded me in many ways of The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien. Pain often accompanies scars, but what doesn't always coincide mentally, however, is the visibility of those same scars. Outward appearances don't always convey the truth of trauma or mental difficulties.

With all that said, however, as a former soldier and family member of several generations of soldiers, I can say unequivocally that the image conveyed is hazy to say the least.
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30 of 36 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Hollywood Propaganda sinks to a new low.... December 22, 2008
By Rebdent
Format:DVD
I couldn't even make it through this joke of a movie. Decent cast with the worst script ever laced with an agenda and biased outlook make this movie look like some crap that was made for TV by PBS or something. The basics of the movie are that EVERY soldier that goes to Iraq comes back either in a body bag or in pieces, ignoring the fact that more Marines have died in motorcycle crashes than in combat in Iraq. It portrays every soldier as some drunk lunatic fool. Of course that's what hollywood thinks anybody that enlists in a 100% VOLUNTEER army is, even though they constantly profess they are "against the war but support the troops". You'd be hard pressed to find many people that are pleased with how the conflict in Iraq has gone from the beginning but this movie is just nonsensical over the top garbage propaganda. The movie had plenty of potential if it would have been more realistic. Maybe then it would have been easier to write some decent dialogue for the cast to work with.
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33 of 42 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Inaccurate, left wing slanted, anti-soldier crap January 7, 2010
Format:DVD
Within the first 20 minutes I knew that this would be an overall terrible movie.

The "war" aspect of it is EXTREMELY inaccurate....M-16A2s currently in use are NOT fully automatic, a small squad of three soldiers would not go running from building to building nor EVER pursue 2 individuals through alleyways for hundreds of meters, and they would definitely NEVER leave a wounded soldier alone and say "Don't worry a medic is on it's way", and in an ambush two unarmored vehicles, or any for that matter, would split off the main group and drive off on their own. All this happens within 10 minutes of each other. As a currently soldier, I wanted to throw my size 10 boot through my TV.

And then comes the main point of this movie (wait, is there even a point to this nonsensical crap?) which is their return home and struggles with PTSD. Sadly, the American public is overall blind to what PTSD truly is, and this movie doesn't help. Not every soldier, even those with PTSD, struggle with their lives, violence, and alcoholism. It seems this movie was written by anti-American, anti-soldier, bitter individuals with a grudge against the Army. It portrays them as hopeless losers who can't function in society at all. So, sadly, this movie continues to add to the stigma of the wounded.

Aside from people like Mark Cuban and Stephen King, who think all soldiers are murders and rapists or uneducated idiots (seriously, look at what either of these two say!) I can't think of anyone who would watch this movie and enjoy it in the slightest. Even the movie Stop Loss, made by MTV of all companies, was far more accurate in depicting PTSD.
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23 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When the walking wounded come marching home November 12, 2006
At an advance screening of HOME OF THE BRAVE, the studio flunky introducing the picture claimed that it's the only film that's been made of one of America's wars while the U.S. was still fighting it. Oh, wrongo bongo! I can offhand think of three made about the Vietnam debacle during the period of that conflict: A YANK IN VIETNAM (1964), TO THE SHORES OF HELL (1966), and THE GREEN BERETS (1968). Perhaps the politically correct might tend to forget these as none were anti-war, and the last, starring John Wayne, was unabashedly pro-U.S. involvement. How quickly we forget that there were two sides to that debate.

The first twenty or so minutes of HOME OF THE BRAVE, taking place in Iraq, is the introductory bit when we meet Will (Samuel L. Jackson), an Army medical officer assigned to a forward medical unit, and three Army enlisteds: Vanessa (Jessica Biel), a driver in a motor transport unit, and infantry grunts Tommy (Brian Presley) and Jamal (Curtis Jackson). While on a humanitarian aid mission, a military convoy carrying the four is caught in a vicious urban ambush that includes an explosive device hidden in the body of a dog.

The balance of the film takes place in Spokane, WA, after the four return to the home base of their respective national guard units. Vanessa is now minus her right hand. Will, who'd been tasked with providing initial trauma care to so many horribly maimed young soldiers (including Vanessa), now finds himself emotionally disconnected from his civilian patients, while at the same time having to deal with the hostility emanating from his anti-war, teenage son. Jamal is wracked with guilt; while in pursuit of the convoy's attackers, he accidentally killed an Iraqi woman while searching her home.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Samuel and his wife in this movie made it....
Published 5 days ago by Jeff Beisker
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
nice
Published 6 days ago by joseph podgurski jr
4.0 out of 5 stars a really good movie. It has a great cast of characters
Overall, a really good movie. It has a great cast of characters, and a great plot line. I appreciate the fact that the movie focuses on what happens to our troops when they get... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Fireboy8
5.0 out of 5 stars Invisible struggles
The large US population who do not understand the invisible wounds of combat zones. They see but do not understand th eimpact of physical and mental trauma due to loss. Read more
Published 17 days ago by buyers2
5.0 out of 5 stars PTSD is real
Makes you think about what our soldiers go thru during war and when they come home. I know PTSD is real seen it for myself with a friend.
Published 24 days ago by Jewels
5.0 out of 5 stars great film
Very heart wrenching! It's about time someone showed what these soldiers go through when they come home from war...
Published 28 days ago by Steven J.
5.0 out of 5 stars No one in Hollywood can make a movie that comes close to what it was...
This movie is touching, whether one were to support the war in Iraq or not. No one in Hollywood can make a movie that comes close to what it was really like to be there. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lisa Oxley
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
Something for the rest of us to think about. If you were not there, you'd not know.
Published 1 month ago by Audie Collins
1.0 out of 5 stars Too Many Negative Stereotypes of Returning Modern Day War Veterans
I cannot finish the movie. Slow ... boring ... horrible dialogue ... stereotypical portrayal of broken vets returning home. Just this Soldier's point of view. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Geoffrey M. Smigun
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
very depressing and poorly acted
Published 1 month ago by Rudy Sanchez
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