Written by Brian Wylie
July 16, 2008
On a routine check stop at an army post in Iraq something went terribly wrong. There was a drive by shooting and the army was forced to take action. In the following of the terrorist, our young group of Army operatives many of them are shot and killed. After some quick thinking and forceful tactics by the group leader Brandon King, all foes were defeated and as you later find out innocent people as well. All of this has happened only a couple of days before all of them were to go home.
With the thoughts of loosing close friends and dealing with what happened, four close friends must now deal with while living out their everyday lives. You quickly find out that this is not an easy task, even more so when adding alcohol to the equation. Each friend deals with the so called pressures of life differently. Some drown themselves in alcohol and watch their lives spin out of control. Others just struggle to keep their personal lives and army lives separate and merge the two in an unsafe manner. While some donít have time to think about either because they are taking care of the others and try to help stop the bleeding.
Throughout all of this you still donít waver from the main characters, Brandon King, story. This movie is based on how he deals with all of his friendsí lives falling apart around him and his unfortunate re-entering into the army due to Stop Loss. While serving his time in the army you couldnít find a calmer, cooler, or collective soldier out there. But now facing reinstatement into the army after finishing his time, Brandon seems to turn into a whole new person and looses it and becomes a renegade in search of finding a way out of this mess of being demoted, facing his fears in correcting past mistakes, and being betrayed by the ones closest to him and getting on with his life.
The only problem I had with this film which was a really cool concept was how they told some of the stories. When something happened that was devastating Director Kimberly Peirce shot the film in a documentary mode with some of the shots that one of the army group members had shot during everyoneís tour in Iraq. It flowed really well was in interesting concept but for the average viewer might bother them.
When it came to the sounds in Iraq, which is a much different story. You heard every explosion, order being yelled, and gun shot. You felt like you were there and the bullets were whipping by your ear. You could sense what everyone felt during each shot. This was the best part of the film when you incorporate every aspect.