MGM Home Of The Brave (Blu-ray)
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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.Read more ›
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.
a must see!
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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I thought it shows a different side of a soldier that most civilians don't see. How they deal with returning home and the things they go through.Published 3 months ago by Ryan Walther
Good movie. Sorry for what our soldiers have to experience. It's heartbreaking.Published 10 months ago by Douglas
Average film. Shows some of the traits of war and the necessity to maybe not even fire one shot.Published 12 months ago by H. Alan Hoover
I gave this to my sister as a prank. She ex-communicated me and the rest of the family followed suit... :(Published 14 months ago by David