MPAA Rating: R
For strong violent content, language throughout, some sexuality, drug material and brief nudity.
Runtime: 109 minutes
Directed by: Jason Hall
Cast: Miles Teller, Haley Bennett, Keisha Castle-Huges
For several years now more and more movie’s spotlight has been shed on the real truths of war and our American military who fight for our freedom. As we learned in watching films such as: The Ottoman Lieutenant, The Wall, Megan Leavey, Dunkirk, Darkest Hour, No Greater Love, and more, we realize what sacrifices those fighting are willing to make and some the “Uultimate” sacrifice.
Actor and writer Jason Hall who directs, wrote this film (based on a true story) and wrote American Sniper with Chris Kyle); has a clear picture of what this group of U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq will still have more drama and heartbreak ahead of them.
Thank You For Your Service is based on the book (same name) by Washington Post editor David Finkel. He wrote with great experience as he was there with an Iraq Army unit and embedded with them for several months.
The film vividly paints a picture of what it’s like to shut off their minds and remembrance of fellow soldiers who did not come back. Like one Army infantry platoon who fought in Iraq during 2007 and saw some of the most intense combat of the war and remains faithful to the stories of the men who fought in 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry during this chapter of the war.
There’s Staff Sgt. Adam Schumann (Miles Teller), who dreads coming home almost as bad as staying in Iraq. He can’t forget the days that nearly ended his life, but somehow they took others instead. It’s those lives that haunt him. He’s alive and they are not.
This causes big flags in his marriage to SasKia (Haley Bennett). Several of his comrades are stuck between wanting to return to the battle field, or stay at home and pretend to be okay. Some also have traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress and want to make their wife’s, parents and children believe dad or mom is ok. And then there is the problem for some who no longer want to be with that spouse; or someone who wants to commit suicide.
I had only one problem with the movie as it opens with extreme vulgarity. Of course we would expect this in a film covering this situation. However, about 8 or 10 people left the theater in the first 20 minutes.
The cast does a great job portraying these characters from a true story and trying to make sense of the ruthlessness. There are times it’s hard to watch, but vital that we who are home watching TV, or at the beach, or golf course know it’s because of the special group that handles the terror in the world for us and that’s why every time you find someone in Military dress, tell them Thank You for Your Service!