Home of The Brave Blu-ray
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In Southeastern Iraq, a war-wearied National Guard unit has just received the exhilarating news that they are about to be "demobilized" - finally sent back home to the safety of Spokane. But when they head out on one final humanitarian mission in the nearby town of Al Hayy, things go terribly wrong.Ensnared by insurgents, a ferocious and chaotic firefight ensues - from which none of the group will escape unscathed. Back in Spokane, the soldiers find themselves still reeling from the ambush's lasting effects - haunted by their own personal demons and feeling a deep disconnect between themselves and those leading everyday American lives around them.The heroic medic Will Marsh saved countless lives in Iraq, but when he tries to go back to being a regular dad, husband and doctor again, he finds he's unraveling inside. The once ultra-confident Vanessa Price, fresh out of rehab, faces the toughest challenge of her young life: learning to be a single mom with a single hand. Meanwhile, Private Tommy Yates returns with his best friend Jordan and Jamal Aiken discovers that a split-second, deadly shooting during the Al Hayy battle has sent his life at home spiraling into mayhem.Both heartbreak and heroism emerge as the four each find their own way - whether tragic or triumphant - to a reckoning with that fateful day in Iraq.
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To have been living in Iraq these Soldiers had the cleanest, most starched uniforms I have ever seen in a filthy dusty desert environment. All their gear was brand spanking new. Vehicles had no bullet holes or bangs, someone didn't do their homework. Yeah, they showed the Joe's having to come up w/their own armor for their humvee to make a point, but the whole Iraq environment looked so fake thus the TV feel.
For the average clueless American, I would say this movie is a start to perhaps give them a peep at what our returning face, but for those that deal in real life post deployment, it doesn't come close at conveying what needs to be explained and told about our Veterans. They tried though.
I found Sam Graham's review disturbing. The movie didn't explore the themes he thought should be explored. Instead, it explored the personal experiences of a bunch of soldiers. His review boils down to "this isn't the movie I had in mind."
Though it never really identified the unit these four characters were in--I suspect they were supposed to National Guard members from the same area. The film showed them in Iraq relaxing, working, playing ball, etc before being told they have to go out on a mission two weeks before they are headed home.
What was supposed to be a humanitarian mission turned into an ambush. Several soldiers wounded and killed. Two best friends separated forever. A female driver seriously wounded by an RPG. A doctor who sees far too many wounded military and civilian men, women and children.
After they were attacked there are time skips taking each soldier back home. From there the soldiers each faced their own problems. Pain, alcohol and PTSD were all shown in this film. The way the VA helped or hindered each person was also shown.
Jessica Biel portrayed a young single mother who was a coach at a high school before going to Iraq. She came home minus a hand and her struggles to overcome this loss was for me the forefront of the movie. However I would have liked her character to have been covered more though she did begin to pick up her life with the help of another coach.
Whether or not this was supposed to be a true story or just a compilation of so many soldiers and the things they endured during and following their time at war remains to be seen. I can only say that this is a must see film for all.
Of course perhaps now might not be the time for films about current wars. I don't know but I still believe this one should have received more coverage.
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