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A moving and profound film,
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This review is from: Taking Chance (DVD)
I viewed this film at a pre-screening, and I left the theater deeply moved. It's a simple story made into a heartfelt film -- Marine Lieutenant Colonel Michael Strobl (perfectly played by Kevin Bacon) accompanies the remains of Private First Class Chance Phelps from the mortuary at Dover AFB in Delaware to his home in Wyoming.
The Marine's death in Iraq occurs in the tense first minute of the film, with viewers only hearing the radio chatter and the explosion on a black screen. The screen comes to light with PFC Phelps' remains being sent to the U.S. The care of the remains and the personal effects makes visible and gives dignity to the anonymous work at Dover AFB.
The story takes the viewer into some seldom-seen corners of America -- from airport cargo facilities to the mountain highways of Wyoming -- and shows everywhere the reverence for the fallen. When the escort gives Phelps' watch, dog tags, and wooden cross to his parents, eight days after his death, even men will feel the tears coming. Finally, as LtCol Strobl (who had not yet been to Operation Iraqi Freedom when he accompanied Phelps' remains home) thinks over the experience, there's a meditation on where duty lies for a Marine Corps officer.
Director Ross Katz, Kevin Bacon, and HBO have given us a profound film that grants us a rare look not at America's prosperity, or freedoms, or politics -- but rather America's soul.
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Initial post: Mar 15, 2009 7:21:12 PM PDT
B. Hewitt says:
i was told about this movie being showed on hbo just one week after my home town lost one of its own soldiers over in afghanstan. it was very moving and recomend it to everyone.
Posted on Apr 12, 2009 3:46:38 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 12, 2009 3:51:09 PM PDT
The "who has not yet been to Iraq" remark in the previous comment about LTC Strobl, while technically true, could be misconstrued. Keven Bacon's character makes it clear that he had served in Kuwait during the 1st Gulf War. In addition to the 1st Marine Division in Kuwait, many Marines, while not literal "boots on the ground," exercised just offshore in operation Sea Soldier IV. The U.S. Marines in the theater played an absolutely instrumental role in pinning down Saddam's Republican Guard thus permitting coalition forces to successfully outflank the Iraqi army. As has always been true in the military world, "they also serve who only stand and wait."
Posted on May 10, 2009 7:07:12 PM PDT
G. Serra says:
Vi esta película ayer en HBO y debo decir que me conmovió. No estoy de acuerdo con las guerras pienso que son horribles, pero es muy tarde para evitarlas en nuestros tiempos y en lo que vendrá. Esta película me mostró algo así como un rostro humano en la Armada de los E.U., toda esa disciplina y respeto que hay dentro de esa institución.
El soldado Phelps, Chance se fue con un objetivo, algo que todos los patriotas tenemos, que es defender nuestra patria, solo que esta vez, Iraq no estaba atacando los E.U., la causa de la guerra aun ahora es injustificada y las bajas producto de ellas es una gran pena.
Posted on Aug 18, 2009 8:27:46 AM PDT
Your comment that << LtCol Strobl (who has not yet been to Operation Iraqi Freedom)>> is not accurate. While LtCol Strobl may not have set foot on soil in Iraq he has served our great country honorably during OIF and OEF.
Posted on Jan 25, 2011 4:38:55 PM PST
Andrea D. Sailor says:
Just watched this film.All I can say is Thank you to all the men and women of all military branches for you service and sacrifices. You HAVE made a difference in my life.
Posted on Dec 25, 2011 9:35:19 PM PST
Amazon Customer says:
After living this experience first hand, this film was accurate. I wish I could thank our "LTCOL Strobl" for staying with our son on his final journey home.
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 19, 2012 3:20:59 AM PST
Mindy Abraham says:
Sorry for your loss :'(
Posted on Feb 20, 2013 7:32:35 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 21, 2013 11:53:17 AM PST
kent swanson says:
Did any of the profets from the movie go to the family of Chance Phelps? I would hope the majority would have. If so, I would love to watch.it.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2013 7:46:53 AM PST
Thank you and God bless you and your family. We are mindful of your loss and our hearts go out to you. You bought our freedom at a cost that was more than anyone should ever have to pay; and we all owe you a debt than can never be repaid. Please take comfort in our eternal gratitude and in our deep wish that you did not suffer such a loss. He AND you are heros.
Posted on Nov 19, 2013 7:56:01 AM PST
Chance never became "remains." His spirit remained intact all the way home, and he touched a lot of people along the way, including his "escort" and ultimately every family in this country. He still "is."