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Stop Loss
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Directed By
Kimberly Peirce

Written By:
Kimberly Peirce, Mark Richard

Cast:
Ryan Phillippe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Rob Brown, Channing Tatum, Victor Rasuk, Timothy Olyphant, Josef Sommer, Linda Emond, Ciaran Hinds, Mamie Gummer, Abbie Cornish, Alex Frost, J.D. Evermore, Ric Maddox, Mark Richard, Laurie Metcalf, Steven Strait, Tory Kittles, Margo Martindale, Troy Robinson, Peter Gerety, Robert Farrior, Maggie Siff, Benedict Taylor, Mohammad Ahmed, Cory Hart, Jeff Gibbs, James D. Dever, Peter Cornwell, Elizabeth Ingalls, Matthew Garth II, Macy Salasel, Richard Dillard, Daniella Dotti, Terry Quay, Matthew Scott Wilcox, Chandra Washington, Cora Cardona, Isreal Saldivar, David Kroll, Marie Mizener, Kasey Stevens, Ricky Calmbach, Devin Moss, Roger Edwards, David Precopia, Cameron Clapp, Weston Scott Higgins, Victor García Jr., Dania Aguirre, Mikhail Sebastian, Ben Taylor, Connett Brewer, Benny McArthur, Mike D. Daily, Bernard Escobedo, Lee Stringer, Tom Minder


 
Stop Loss (2008)
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Movie Review by Chris
July 22nd, 2008

Stop Loss is the second movie I have seen that has been released about the returning soldiers coming home from the war in Iraq. The first film I had the horrible pleasure of watching was Home of the Brave, made a few years ago which really impacted me by just about none and the character stories were very laughable. Stop Loss, directed by Kimberly Pierce, is a more character story when it comes to Brandon and though it has a slow start, things get moving. Stop Loss is the story of a group of friends returning home from the Iraq war. Brandon King was their sargeant and basically he accuses himself for the death of his friends and soldiers, so everything he does reminds him of the war. Supposedly him and his friend Steve Shriver were supposed to be getting out of the war forever, but they have been Stop Lossed. When Brandon ends up going crazy and ends up beating up a few soldiers, he goes on the run and attempts to talk to the Senator. But when Michelle ends up breaking up with Steve and Brandon begins taking all of this so far, he must make a decision.

Ryan Phillipe plays as Sargeant Brandon King, the leader who lead both Preacher and Harvey to their deaths. He puts the complete blame on himself for the deaths of his friends while his childhood buddy Steve ends up telling him to stop all this blame. Ryan actually does really well for the character driven part and fits the emotional levels just right. He never takes it to far or gives off the fact that hes just not trying. Towards the end, when him and Steve begin fighting, things get even more emotional and everything he does is well. Abbie Cornish does a pretty good job at playing Michelle, Steve's supposed to be wife. She doesnt want to be a military wife so they break up, but everything she does she does well. Though she couldve done better, she still tried I guess. Channing Tatum puts on the best performance of the film as Steve Shriver, Brandons best friend. He ends up reenlisting for the Army because he has a future in it. His captain gives him the oppurtunity to go to Sniper School and he takes it over.

The beginning of the movie starts off with an intro to our characters while over in Iraq. The war scene is played out pretty well, while pretty violent, it still captures everything realistically and pretty disturbing. The one thing that bothered me though was the fact that these shooters just cant hit people for their lives. After this scene, the movie got a little rocky as it just got boring and became usual melodrama, but it slowly got back into the reigns. When Steve, Michelle and Brandon all come together, friendships and relationships seperate and things begin getting personal for one another. The ending is one of the strongest points of the film because, even though it just kind of starts, it fit the rest of the movie nicely.

Stop Loss is in no form a great movie, but its good and it is the best return home film made about Iraq.

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