“ Overall, it's a bland statement about a war nobody likes thinking about anymore.
“ After receiving a paltry Bronze Star, SSG King renders the type of rambling, disjointed speech many veterans might give to feather merchants (US civilians).
“ Predictable-" Until war do us part " .
“ very compelling movie, it's grips you to the core, and makes you wanna get up and do something about getting our boys back in one piece from Iraq which we have no business being there in the first place.
“ Both from the choreography and brutality as well as the reverting back to his Sergeant self, engaging an enemy that is manifested in his mind.
“ There are also lots of badly executed sequences of these fugitives driving and hiding, not to mention loads of clunky, repetitive dialogue that never gets us to the soul of these men who are supposedly suffering.
“On the other hand, this movie was pure propaganda from bleeding hearts.
“ The slow devolution of his façade that everything is all right is also great.
“ Cliché for the uninformed .
“ If you thought "There Will Be Blood" was boring, imagine what it would have felt like if there weren't any good actors in it.
“ Everything he was fighting for becomes clear to him but a fellow officer interrupts his speech in favor of a more crowd-rousing message.
“ It's intriguing because the movie has a point against the government system which has a fail spot.
“ Kimberly Peirce becomes one of the latest directors to try and only marginally succeed in making a compelling film about the Iraq conflict.
“ OK, This movie was made simply as a propaganda piece.
“ This character is what kept me from completely writing the film off as anti-war propaganda.
“ I reckon the film is intense, very much message oriented and interesting on the whole (flashback war sequences strike a lot).
“ Perhaps the cliché nature of so much of the confrontations hurt it for me as well.
“ The plot is fairly predictable.
“ In fact, it was a thought provoking, action packed, and engaging plot.
“ Isolated and trying to find a way out of his predicament, King is an intriguing character who offers insight into the broken down psyche of an ex-soldier and during certain scenes Phillippe conveys such emotions and states of mind adequately.
“ There is such a lack of imagination concerning Iraq scenes now that I was thinking that they make up "The banality of the Iraq war".
“ These problems are so real and authentic, making the plot so engaging and effective.
“ Yet if there is a bias here, it is remote and minute; not because the writers chose to sit on the fence but simply through the fact that they tell a character story first and foremost rather than try to create a politically enlightening piece of propaganda.
“Otherwise; save your money.
“ Nevertheless through out the movie there are some strong scenes, some riveting experiences of the conflict in Iraq and at home.
“ Given the obvious fact that one of them is the 'smart' one,who gets it; and the other is the 'dumb', impressionable one who falls for the military propaganda, still does not over-ride the long relational bond that we suppose has developed and sustained these two 'blood brothers' through thick and thin, through life since the Third Grade.
“ Flat out anti-military propaganda, with no basis in facts .
“ Ryan Phillipe and Joseph-Gordon Levitt stand out among the cast and help to keep the story from becoming dull or slow-moving.
“ Cinematographer Chris Menges was a man at war with his gripping imminent camera-work.
“ Even though I do feel that scriber Mike Richard's formulaic screenplay needed some more ingenious verbal-creative firepower.
“ An evening spent watching both Stop-Loss and The Hurt Locker comparing their strengths and weakness was fascinating,comparing brilliant and committed performances from the two lead actors, Ryan Phillippe and Jeremy Remmer.
“ A bunch of American army boys waste away their time at camp, horsing around and yelling obscenities at each other while they wait their next posting.
“ Yet lumbered with a tedious middle act and an ending that seems ill at ease with itself, the ride, although mostly rewarding, is unavoidably rough.
“When you look at this movie as a propaganda tool it becomes difficult to take the movie seriously.
“ Well worth watching!
“ The stories of these young men are very compelling to follow and their feelings are tragic and intense
as we examine the camaraderie these young soldiers share.
“ It's far from cliché because even though I thought that I saw the twists coming and the predictable romantic undertow coming I have to say that this is for soldiers and families of soldiers.
“ The film suffers from confusing editing, that doesn't always make it clear where characters are or how events are related to one another, and the writing at times is weak as well, with character motivations not coming across as clearly as they should.
“ But only Ryan Phillippe is worth watching (probably the most mature role of his career to date).
“ On the one hand, the drama is welcome and the performances involved ensure that the best moments are engaging and compelling.
“ There are no Hollywood glamour shots of pretty boy stars, Ryan Phillippe, Channing Tatum or Joseph Gordon-Levitt; there is just confusion over where their day is headed.
“ I highly recommend it.
“ And we get the old Vietnam vet cliché of the guys mistaking Texas reality for the horrors of war, complete with echoes of gunfire and helicopters in the background.
“ I gave this movie a 2 solely for the effort they exerted to try and disguise this propaganda as a movie.
“This movie will draw on some strong emotions and it's truly not a feel-good movie, but I think it's worth the watch anyway.
“ i thought that this was a very compelling movie.. lot's of good character development, ryan phillipe was great in this, he really knocked it out of the park with this one, he plays a staff seargeant who comes home a "hero" from Iraq, there is a parade , the whole town comes out , the senator is there and tells him anything you need son, come look me up.
“ For those intense scenes of violence she deftly cuts in footage from Iraq with what is happening on screen.
“ The storyline is pretty boring, there is an overage of cheesy military slang that nobody has used since the late 80's/early 90's.
“ Even when something really bad happened that eventually made everybody to re-evaluate their life, its feel shamelessly manipulative and cliché (which end up with unintentional hilarious macho-bonding thing between two lead characters).
“ I think the movie started off well but then started to become very tedious and too long.