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Shortly after learning their unit will soon return home, our American soldiers are sent on one final humanitarian mission to bring medical supplies to a remote Iraqi village. The unit is ambushed and takes heavy losses. The surviving troops suffer both physical and psychological injuries. Now, as they return to the United States, four soldiers must face memories of the past as they look towards the future and return to civilian life.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Average Not only is the bulk of Home of the Brave preachy and predictable, but it features some of the worst dialogue to be found in any non-horror film this year.
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The story kicks off in Southeastern Iraq. Here, a war-wearied National Guard unit has just received the exhilarating news that they are about to be "demobilized” – finally sent back home to the safety of Spokane. But when they head out on one final humanitarian mission in the nearby town of Al Hayy, things go terribly wrong. Ensnared by insurgents, a ferocious and chaotic firefight ensues from which none of the group will escape unscathed.
Back in Spokane, the soldiers find themselves still reeling from the ambush's lasting effects – haunted by their own personal demons and feeling a deep disconnect between themselves and those leading everyday American lives around them. The heroic medic Will Marsh (SAMUEL L. JACKSON) saved countless lives in Iraq, but when he tries to go back to being a regular dad, husband and doctor again, he finds he's unraveling inside. The once ultra-confident Vanessa Price (JESSICA BIEL), fresh out of rehab, faces the toughest challenge of her young life: learning to be a single mom with a single hand. Meanwhile, Private Tommy Yates (BRIAN PRESLEY) returns without his best friend Jordan (CHAD MICHAEL MURRAY) and Jamal Aiken (CURTIS "50 CENT” JACKSON) discovers that a split-second, deadly shooting during the Al Hayy battle has sent his life at home spiraling into mayhem. Both heartbreak and heroism emerge as the four each find their own way – whether tragic or triumphant – to a reckoning with that fateful day in Iraq.