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The Lucky Ones
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All it takes is terrific acting, moving characters, great writing, and appropriate (often spectacular, sometimes grimy) scenery.
This one is the story of three soldiers, on leave from Iraq for wounds, who meet and share a ride--then share much more. They become emotionally close, even spiritually intimate, all the moreso because the civilian worlds they are returning to crumble around them like fading dreams.
Colee (Rachel McAdams) is the youngest, most innocent: wide-eyed, eager, happy, frank, unashamed, friendly, loving, open to anything. She is the forever-child--who learns, but never loses her innocent wonder, no matter how many shocks she endures.
She provides the catalyst for Cheever (Tim Robbins), the old timer who is looking forward to being DONE with the army and war, but whose world collapses and who, the others fear, has reached suicide; and for T.K. (Michael Pena), the young hotshot who has life all figured out, ready for his climb to the top--until nothing works.
It's Colee who points out the wonderful beauty of life they are passing through--which the other two almost miss, and who indicates how they can start over.
The ending is terribly sad and uplifting and scary and hopeless all at once.
There are many "war" movies, and they are pretty much all the same.
This is a "peace" movie, which shows how difficult and how rewarding peace can be--but also how fragile.
In The Lucky Ones, Robbins is a sergeant who has completed his term and who looks forward to return to wife and teenage son. Pena and McAdams are on a 30 days home leave. The three get accidentally grouped together for a car trip from New York to Las Vegas and experience the difficulties of outsiders in an ambiguous situation. None of them has stable social circumstances, as even the Robbins character finds out to his shock. Their social backgrounds are quite divergent. They are variously feted as war heroes or attacked by the home crowd for being either too stupid to stay away from trouble or too luke warm about the war effort itself. The backseat drivers in middle American require heroic attitudes, not a statement that survival is a soldier's main objective.
This is the kind of movie that discusses problems without indoctrinating you.
This wonderful tale of three soldiers sharing time on a cross-country road trip moves a bit slowly, but the realism, character development, and impeccable acting helps the pacing move along a bit. Friendship among the three appears to be real, and their bond forms quickly as they learn about one another's life and troubles. Charming chemistry is tough to come by; yet the camaraderie among these three returning soldiers feels genuine.
Much like Home of the Brave, there are some unfortunate clichés holding back the script. Not all soldiers sleep in their PTs, all soldiers coming home from war do not have PTSD, and despite what Hollywood would have us believe, they don't resort to violence as a first response to difficult situations when they have difficulties fitting into "normal" society. It's just a slanted view of troubled soldiers that gives the impression of people who are different from the rest of us, and I wish there were more movies that showed similarities instead of perceived differences. Our society has evolved quite a bit since the post-Vietnam days. I hate to say it, but I suspect this paragraph has something to do with Tim Robbins' politics.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
"The Lucky Ones" is a timely story of three soldiers,and the problems they encounter, returning home after a tour in Afghanistan The story is excellently constructed and is... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Vincent A. Siragusa
This is a foul-mouthed and disgusting movie- I'm really shocked it has earned 4 stars here. I wanted to like this movie for 2 reasons: 1. Read morePublished 5 months ago by W. N. Craft
Great acting---a good movie that really brings home the less-mentioned aspect of being in the military: the camaraderie, teamwork, and "I'll watch your back" ethos.Published 5 months ago by Oskar
Every American with a shred of patriotism and love of country owes it to himself or herself to watch this movie. It is both entertaining and eye-opening.Published 8 months ago by Real West
If your looking for a "Happy go Lucky" type of movie...than this is it. If you have been military or want to understand the military way of thinking a little bit more than... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Jonathan Jones
What can I say, I didn't expect much and it was even less. I don't mind formulaic movies, obviously or I wouldn't have rented this movie, but this was really awful. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Virginia