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There were many things that were Very inaccurate in this movie and I think it is the wrong way to go about Honoring America's Military. Stop-loss is real.Read more ›
Oddly enough, I think that almost all of the Iraq War based dramas like the recent "Rendition" have been failures at the box office which leads me to wonder, why?
Perhaps, since it is literally happening now, it is too current: the wounds are opening daily with no healing in sight. At the very least, We as Americans are conflicted about our involvement in Iraq.
Peirce has chosen to use the Iraq War as a background onto which she bases her drama with Universal themes of: Where do I fit in? Where do I belong? Do I belong?
Working here with co-writer Mark Richard, Peirce has found a subject in the way the war in Iraq is tearing apart many of its soldiers, in combat and when they return home. This is a wrenching story of men at arms who cannot find peace outside the military circle, who return to civilian life on the horrific edge of violence and despair. This point of view is of course not new, going back at least as far as William Wyler's "The Best Year's of Our Lives" and Michael Cimino's "The Deer Hunter." War is Hell: this we all know and can empathize with but the aftermath, the coming home, the re-adjusting to Life after War is worse.
Several actors shine here: primarily the Brandon King of Ryan Phillipe (whose stop-loss forced re-enlistment forms the backbone of this film) and the Michele of Abbie Cornish who basically steals the film from under all her hot shot male cast members with her persuasive, thoughtful and totally believable performance.Read more ›
I think this film is extremely underrated and should have garnered more attention, especially for Cornish and Phillippe. I think that sometimes the beefcake appeal of its stars, especially Tatum, sometimes threaten to overwhelm the message of the film but overall it's a wonderful effort by Pierce.
"Stop-Loss" starts off very strong and builds some nice characterizations, but really takes a chance by having the protagonist take on a less than heroic stance. I suspect that some people cheered his actions; after all, the Iraq war is very unpopular and seen as unjust by many people. However, it was never clear to me why King was so upset about his stop-loss. Was he afraid of getting killed (he mentioned this a few times), was he suffering from PTSD and needed help (perhaps), or was he just mad that he wasn't informed earlier (seems so)? With such murky intentions, the character comes off as unlikeable and petulant at times.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Every person needs to watch this movie. Especially if you or someone you know is thinking about joining any branch of the U.S. Military. Read morePublished 3 days ago by john weiss
fantastic movie, however i cannot watch it again. i have a loved one who suffered from PTSD after returning from deployment, this movie was all to real, and accurately depicted... Read morePublished 21 days ago by amy nunley
A different kind of War Story, but Great all the same. I learned some things about the Army that I didn't know. If you love War Movies Buy This One.Published 3 months ago by Arthur J.
this is a great movie, i have watched it multiple times. the packaging was greatPublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer