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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.
- 11 deleted scenes
- The making of Stop-Loss
- Featurette: A Day in Boot Camp
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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.
To tell the truth, after awhile, Phillippe's character, (usually the pillar of strength for all his buddies),
becomes a bit ragged around the mental edges too, as he is basically rendered a fugutive / AWOL from military duty...
A situation he doesn't deserve to be in. But in a STOP-LOSS situation, this is often the case.
Without giving the movie away further, the film takes some interesting turns, and all the actors did an
excellent job in the portrayal of their roles. Like the movie, "The Hurt Locker", which was an Iraq-era
type of film too, but from a different perspective, "Stop-Loss" was directed by a female director...
Kimberly Pierce, who did a stellar job in that capacity.
Though I loved Jeremy Renner's character in "Hurt Locker", I didn't find the directing as tight and
refined, nor the storyline as clear and easy to follow as with "Stop-Loss".
To me, "Stop-Loss" should have been the film getting all the accolades and awards.
I must add that the themes of friendship, loyalty, loss, betrayal, duty, etc. run throughout as well.
To me, a female director always seems to interweave more emotional depth in a film.
Not that male directors can't or don't...but the women directors really excel in that area.
It's already established that Ryan Phillipe is a very good actor, but Channing Tatum should not
be slept on either!---More and more, with each role, he is proving himself to be a very credible actor.
I give this movie **5 Stars** A Very Good Film.