Missing in America
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This is a special film that I would recommend for adults. It is about the difficult recovery of the Vietnam veteran community in a rural area of the Pacific Northwest. They live isolated and impoverished lives, trapped in the past. When one of them, played by Danny Glover, takes care of a friend's young daughter, everything changes, and not only does Danny Glover's character begin to learn to love again, but the entire community comes closer.
I would not recommend this film for children, because I think that the adult themes of war recovery, war trauma, and intense grief would be too much for them; probably over 18 would be best for this film. It is not depressing, as you might think reading the synopsis, but is an inspirational film about interdependency, love, and forgiveness. It is not a "happy" film either, though. I would best call it a deep, poignant, and intense film that is an excellent use of the viewer's time. It would be good for an evening when you want to be moved and drawn into something to forget about your own problems or to help you deal with your own grief.
The acting is remarkable, the scenery lovely, and the young actress---Zoe Weizenbaum---who plays the friend's daughter---is perfect for her role. Danny Glover is marvelous, as is Linda Hamilton. An unlikely grouping of actors in a gem of a movie. You won't regret watching it.
This film doesn't have the ending I'd hoped for--in either the theatre or the alternate ending. As a former Vietnam vet I worked with once said, "It ain't right, but it's real."
That's the way I felt when I finished this film.
This movie can be a useful tool for anyone who is struggling with the after effects of trauma. That would include those who have been traumatized through physical/sexual assault, child abuse or through war. Because of the potential emotional impact of this movie on these groups, anyone in counseling should consider consulting with their counselor prior to viewing.
Light the fire, curl up underneath a warm blanket and clear your night for this movie will bring you to a new place.
Released in 2005, "Missing in America" tells the story of a haunted Vietnam vet, Jake Neeley (Danny Glover), who lives in exile in the forests of the Great Northwest. He has a decent cabin-like abode but there are other vets in the area who are more mentally disturbed and live in primitive conditions (Ron Perlman). A vet buddy (David Strathairn) stops by and leaves a "present", his pre-teen Amerasian daughter (Zoe Weizenbaum). Jake objects, but has no choice but to accept the situation. Meanwhile, a local store-owner (Linda Hamilton) takes interest in Jake and his unwanted "daughter".
The story's realistic and moderately interesting, but one part will tick most viewers off, like it did me. Regardless, the film made me read-up on vets who to-all-intents-and-purposes are "missing in America," like Perlman's character, etc., and I was shocked to discover that this aspect of the film was based on real life.
I found myself thinking about certain elements of the film days (and months) later. The movie is very successful in this regard.
What a huge mistake the Vietnam war was for America -- hundreds of thousands of lives negatively affected -- the dead, maimed, scarred, haunted and grieving.
Thankfully, something good can come forth despite the bad.
The film runs 102 minutes and was shot in the Vancouver area, with some scenes at the Vietnam Memorial in D.C.
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I don't like writing too much about dramas because you end up giving info about what a person should discover on their own while watching a movie. Read morePublished 19 months ago by D. Barker
I enjoyed the movie and so did my family. Interesting sub-story about Vietnam Vets after they returned home. Check it out!Published 21 months ago by Oliver Boody
Being An exVietnam Vet I can relate to this movie. I keep giving my old copy's away. Keeping this one.
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Danny Glover plays a Vietnam vet who is suddenly left with a friend's 1/2 Vietnamese daughter to raise. Read morePublished on August 14, 2013 by Samuelfi
Can watch this over and over again. Great job by all actors. Made me laugh, cry and told everyone I know. Funny this movie was never heard of by many I know.Published on August 9, 2013 by Susan Marie Miner
Have watched it twice. Very good acting and story line. Being a Vietnam vet, I can relate to some of their issues.Published on June 14, 2013 by F. Andrew Smith Jr.
This movie had such a great start could have been sooooooo much more do not understand what they were thinking with ending went from feel good to as much fun as watching my dog get... Read morePublished on March 16, 2013 by Pen Name
Spolier Alert. I really wanted to give this movie 5 stars. All the characters acted great. It had a great story. There was great direction. Read morePublished on August 21, 2011 by S. Der