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Lucky Ones, The
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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.
So here is how this brick of a movie flows: One of the main characters (Tim Robbins) is featured in Iraq riding in a humvee with his squad. They are having a discussion about the female genital area and how to please a woman sexually. They hit a mine and shrapnel hits the poor sergeant in his private area leaving him unable to "get it up." He decides to take a trip to Vegas to meet up with some "professional women" who can help him rectifiy his problem so he can please his girlfriend. He meets up with 2 other veterans who are going back to the states for R&R (or retirement in the the case of the senior member of the ensemble). The F word (along with the SH-- word) are thrown around in every discussion by all 3 members. Even the cutesie Rachel McAdams uses it regularly and it, and her fists, fly often. Along the way, they attend a party and the character played by Michael Pena has a one night stand that almost ends up in a three-some when the husband walks in (or was it planned?). The movie makers want you to connect and have sympathy for these 3 war wounded (mentally and physically) veterans but the way they are presented kept me from feeling sorry for them. Anyway, if this sounds like your kind of movie - shallow, profane, and focused on sex and body parts, then enjoy. Otherwise, avoid this "bomb" (pun intended.)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
How do you adjust when you're home from the war. I enjoyed this movie.Published 22 days ago by BrownSugar
Also Watch It It Was Great The Actors Was Fantasic The Story Was Great .Published 4 months ago by Raymond L. Angelo
"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 10 months ago by Vincent A. Siragusa
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 11 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 14 months ago by Real West