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Stop-Loss

4.1 out of 5 stars 117 customer reviews

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Decorated Iraq war hero Sgt. Brandon King (Ryan Phillippe) makes a celebrated return to his small Texas hometown following his tour of duty. He tries to resume the life he left behind with the help and support of his family and his best friend, Steve Shriver (Channing Tatum), who served with him in Iraq. Along with their other war buddies, Brandon and Steve try to make peace with civilian life. Then, against Brandon's will, the Army orders him back to duty in Iraq, which upends his world. The conflict tests everything he believes in: the bond of family, the loyalty of friendship, the limits of love and the value of honor.

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  • 11 deleted scenes
  • The making of Stop-Loss
  • Featurette: A Day in Boot Camp

Product Details

  • Actors: Ryan Phillippe, Abbie Cornish, Channing Tatum, Joseph Gordon-Levitt
  • Directors: Kimberly Peirce
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Paramount / MTV
  • DVD Release Date: July 8, 2008
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0013FSL1Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,793 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Stop-Loss" on IMDb

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I am not a professional critic of any sort by any means, but after watching the movie and reading some of these reviews, I will say that my review is as professional and "accurate" as it gets. I am a Soldier amongst thousands, who has experienced these parts, as 'acted' out in the film, in reality, and what you see and experience in the film are not so and are far fetch. From the most ridiculous setup of a hasty checkpoint to the suicidal pursuit of the insurgents upon their attack (into an easily predicted ambush in a random small alley, at that) in the opening scenes. The Soldiers are equipped with ISR's (internal squad radios), and yet they yell at each other in an insurgent infested building when one Soldier is wounded...Then you have the main character (SSG King) who gets "individually" stop-lossed on his very last day of clearing, only to report, with another unit, back to Iraq... In the midst of this, the movie portrays that just about every Soldier who has just returned home, to include SSG King, as having the worse PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) possible, leading to one fellow Soldier's suicide. Due to this PTSD, King, at one point in the movie, notices his car has been broken into and items have been stolen; at which point, he so very easily locates the perpetrators in a nearby alley (3 that I recall, armed with a handgun) and has a severe flashback of Iraq leading him to defeat these 3 thieves. Also, once King has been informed of this stop-loss, he reports directly to his LTC, superseding an unseen and unknown NCO support channel and Chain of Command. It's all bogus.

There were many things that were Very inaccurate in this movie and I think it is the wrong way to go about Honoring America's Military. Stop-loss is real.
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This is a superb movie. It's also a big eye opener! I had no idea that this stupid stuff really happens to the ones protecting our country. It's really sad, but I'm glad somebody made a movie about this to show what's going on that nobody really knows about. I highly recommend this movie to everybody.
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Poignant, riveting, emotionally charged! This is now my new favorite movie! It's heartbreaking, true to life, and so current for our times. Every character is portrayed so well and it's easy to find yourself emotionally invested in their lives! A must see!
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Every person needs to watch this movie. Especially if you or someone you know is thinking about joining any branch of the U.S. Military. I was in the National Guard back in the 80's. This movie is a must see.
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fantastic movie, however i cannot watch it again. i have a loved one who suffered from PTSD after returning from deployment, this movie was all to real, and accurately depicted the behaviors of someone with PTSD. GREAT cast. well done. contains "triggers" though, so people with problems should not watch it. it made me cry.
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Director Kimberly Peirce's last film was the revolutionary, emotionally-charged and truthful "Boy's Don't Cry" with the galvanizing performance of Hilary Swank. That was over 8 years ago and now she has returned with the Iraq War drama, `Stop-Loss" starring a coterie of edgy, hot young actors.
Oddly enough, I think that almost all of the Iraq War based dramas like the recent "Rendition" have been failures at the box office which leads me to wonder, why?
Perhaps, since it is literally happening now, it is too current: the wounds are opening daily with no healing in sight. At the very least, We as Americans are conflicted about our involvement in Iraq.
Peirce has chosen to use the Iraq War as a background onto which she bases her drama with Universal themes of: Where do I fit in? Where do I belong? Do I belong?
Working here with co-writer Mark Richard, Peirce has found a subject in the way the war in Iraq is tearing apart many of its soldiers, in combat and when they return home. This is a wrenching story of men at arms who cannot find peace outside the military circle, who return to civilian life on the horrific edge of violence and despair. This point of view is of course not new, going back at least as far as William Wyler's "The Best Year's of Our Lives" and Michael Cimino's "The Deer Hunter." War is Hell: this we all know and can empathize with but the aftermath, the coming home, the re-adjusting to Life after War is worse.
Several actors shine here: primarily the Brandon King of Ryan Phillipe (whose stop-loss forced re-enlistment forms the backbone of this film) and the Michele of Abbie Cornish who basically steals the film from under all her hot shot male cast members with her persuasive, thoughtful and totally believable performance.
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I shouldn't be. And I know many would be thrilled but here's my problem.... we went the entire movie for that? I wanted to see this when it came out in the theaters. I felt it was a very important discussion that needed to be had at that time... now I'm glad I didn't see it then.
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Ryan Phillippe, Channing Tatum, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Victor Rasuk & Abbie Cornish....
Some of the hottest and most promising of modern-day Hollywood's young actors.
About 15 minutes into this movie, I was very much enthralled by it's storyline and acting.
It's a pretty good chronicle of what today's young service men & women go through in the
ongoing Iraq conflict. Basically, after coming home to the states again, after serving admirably
in many military missions, Ryan Phillippe's character, all set to ETS, finds himself in a fix
with the very military he's served so well. They have a quite shady backdoor re-draft policy known as
a STOP-LOSS, where they can re-up soliders who have already fought, and who are about to end their
tour of duty. All of the characters are dealing with their own re-adjustment issues; Channing Tatum's
character is prone to fits of violence, and delusions that he is back in Iraq, in the heat of battle.
He finds it impossible to maintain any intimate long-lasting relationships, other than with
his war brothers. His girlfriend / fiance', played by Abbie Cornish, feels scared, helpless, and frustrated
against her boyfriend's plight, and often turns to his best friend----Yes, you got it!---Ryan Phillipe's character,
in times strife and confusion. The two form a bond/attraction, which leads to a torn-between-two-lovers
stress point later in the film. J. Gordon-Levitt's character is struggling with alcoholism.
He tries religion, but needs something more substantial than that. Sadly, solace doesn't come for him.
Victor Rasuk's character gets severely injured early on in the film, and does a very good job
playing a solider of latino descent, who is rendered helpless in the prime of his life.
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