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MGM Home Of The Brave (Blu-ray)

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When a humanitarian mission in Iraq is derailed by an explosive ambush, a small band of American soldiers find themselves fighting for their lives.

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The fact that Home of the Brave is about soldiers coming home from a war that isn't even over is just one of the things that's off in this film; director Irwin Winkler and screenwriter Mark Friedman's 2006 tale of the problems faced by the men and women returning from Iraq is also hampered by thoroughly predictable storytelling, sub-par acting, and sometimes painfully on-the-nose dialogue, reducing what could have been a provocative and challenging effort into so much TV movie fodder. When Army medic Will Marsh (Samuel L. Jackson, who does his best to rise above the level of the material) and soldiers Vanessa Price (Jessica Biel) and Tommy Yates (Brian Presley) return to Spokane, Washington, major readjustment problems loom, mostly due to a chaotic ambush in a small Iraqi town (occurring less than two weeks before they were to be sent home, the incident is so unsurprising that anyone could have seen it coming). Will and his angry teenage son wage their own war, while Dad takes to the bottle; Vanessa's learning to cope with a prosthetic hand, while Tommy's grieving over the best buddy who died in the ambush and the loss of his job, girlfriend, and self-respect. Those matters and the clichéd, unconvincing way in which they're handled, along with the film's refusal to take a strong stand either for or against the war, obscure the potentially much more interesting issues. Are these soldiers patriots, or merely pawns? Were they doing their righteous duty by serving in this conflict, or were they victims sent off to suffer and perhaps die by a bunch of men in suits who never saw a minute of combat themselves? Other home-from-war films, from 1946's The Best Years of Our Lives to 1978's Coming Home to 1989's Born on the Fourth of July, have dealt with these and other issues a good deal more effectively than the earnest and well-intentioned but not very compelling Home of the Brave. --Sam Graham

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  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Language: Arabic, English, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: MGM
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (168 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000VE439O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #205,311 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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By Jason VINE VOICE on September 13, 2008
Format: DVD
Mere weeks away from learning that their unit has received orders to go home from Iraq, various soldiers go on a humanitarian mission and run into an ambush. Chaos ensues, and all receive an injury in one way, shape, or form. Weeks later they are all in Spokane, Washington and the four main characters (Vanessa - Jessica Biel, Will - Samuel L. Jackson, Jamal - Fiddy, and Tommy - Brian Presely) deal with piecing their lives together while many hate the war, and by proxy, hold that hatred against the soldiers involved in it. The rest is just a person-by-person experience of individuals coping with semi-related post-war lives.

Home of the Brave is controversial in that it's difficult for a movie-maker to relay a message that's very positive of the military life or the struggles of a soldier - and keep a job in Hollywood - but it's clear that the creators of this movie didn't even remotely try. They paint a bleak picture of abandoned, abused, and shell-shocked soldiers who drink uncontrollably, can't control their anger, and can't relate to the "civilian life" outside of the foreign world of the military. In that sense, Home of the Brave reminded me in many ways of The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien. Pain often accompanies scars, but what doesn't always coincide mentally, however, is the visibility of those same scars. Outward appearances don't always convey the truth of trauma or mental difficulties.

With all that said, however, as a former soldier and family member of several generations of soldiers, I can say unequivocally that the image conveyed is hazy to say the least.
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I couldn't even make it through this joke of a movie. Decent cast with the worst script ever laced with an agenda and biased outlook make this movie look like some crap that was made for TV by PBS or something. The basics of the movie are that EVERY soldier that goes to Iraq comes back either in a body bag or in pieces, ignoring the fact that more Marines have died in motorcycle crashes than in combat in Iraq. It portrays every soldier as some drunk lunatic fool. Of course that's what hollywood thinks anybody that enlists in a 100% VOLUNTEER army is, even though they constantly profess they are "against the war but support the troops". You'd be hard pressed to find many people that are pleased with how the conflict in Iraq has gone from the beginning but this movie is just nonsensical over the top garbage propaganda. The movie had plenty of potential if it would have been more realistic. Maybe then it would have been easier to write some decent dialogue for the cast to work with.
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Within the first 20 minutes I knew that this would be an overall terrible movie.

The "war" aspect of it is EXTREMELY inaccurate....M-16A2s currently in use are NOT fully automatic, a small squad of three soldiers would not go running from building to building nor EVER pursue 2 individuals through alleyways for hundreds of meters, and they would definitely NEVER leave a wounded soldier alone and say "Don't worry a medic is on it's way", and in an ambush two unarmored vehicles, or any for that matter, would split off the main group and drive off on their own. All this happens within 10 minutes of each other. As a currently soldier, I wanted to throw my size 10 boot through my TV.

And then comes the main point of this movie (wait, is there even a point to this nonsensical crap?) which is their return home and struggles with PTSD. Sadly, the American public is overall blind to what PTSD truly is, and this movie doesn't help. Not every soldier, even those with PTSD, struggle with their lives, violence, and alcoholism. It seems this movie was written by anti-American, anti-soldier, bitter individuals with a grudge against the Army. It portrays them as hopeless losers who can't function in society at all. So, sadly, this movie continues to add to the stigma of the wounded.

Aside from people like Mark Cuban and Stephen King, who think all soldiers are murders and rapists or uneducated idiots (seriously, look at what either of these two say!) I can't think of anyone who would watch this movie and enjoy it in the slightest. Even the movie Stop Loss, made by MTV of all companies, was far more accurate in depicting PTSD.
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Excellent ,thought provoking book on those who return from war. from the excitement and fear of combat- to the returning warriors plagued with a feeling of being lost, and no longer fitting in. Trying to rebuild relationships , dealing with the sadness ,ongoing physical , mental pain and the indifference of the people from home. The ending will surprise you.
a must see!
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I thought this was a VERY GOOD movie and worth one's time to watch.

I felt that there were clunky parts to the writing that didn't allow the disparate stories to mesh together into one consistent narrative. The telling of one character's story into the next one and back seemed, rushed and incomplete. For example, there are scenes from one character's life that is cut such that you are left wondering what truly happened. It's almost as if someone had edited a character's scene so that the NEXT scene in the same character's life had no connection with the previous one. If you decide to watch the movie and are confused enough to hit rewind and FF on your media remote control, you'll know what I mean. Cutting from one character's scene to a different character can be jarring enough. But when you view the thing and realize there are things you don't quite understand, it can be disappointing.

The acting is great and the cast is great but, the sloppy writing and editing brought down my experience. The subject of PTSD from veterans returning from combat is important and this is one of the few movies that explores this topic with some level of thoroughness -- the scenes from home are, frankly, more interesting to watch than the combat footage. Those scenes are just your typical combat action stuff but with modern tactical gear -- really nothing to see here. One 'home' scene with 50 Cent sitting in on a group therapy session are highly charged emotional stuff and worth watching in order to understand the frustration of many combat veterans.

"The Best Years Of Our Lives" is one of the best and most important movies to explore the fate of the American war fighter after combat. It's one the first movies to explore PTSD (even before the term PTSD was created). This movie could have been as good as that and much more had the writing and editing been a little tighter. It's worth viewing but not more than once.
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