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Sgt. King is a decorated Iraq war hero that is trying to resume his life after his tour of duty. His two buddies and him have been trying to make peace with civilian life. Then, against his will, the Army orders him back to Iraq.
Drama - Unlike most Iraq war-themed dramas, this one is aimed at a young
adult audience and is cast accordingly with hot young stars.
However, this is a very serious and downbeat drama that may not have
too much wide appeal.
PROFANITY: Over 30 F-words, 28 S-words, 11 GD's, a number of others. SEX/NUDITY: None. VIOLENCE: Shootings, beatings, burns. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Frequent alcohol and tobacco. ACTION: Gunplay and war combat. COMEDY: None.
USA TodayFull Review Above Average Stop-Loss can't quite decide whether to focus on making a powerful statement on a controversial and unfamiliar military policy or on a more predictable drama about the traumatic effect of war on young people's lives.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 71 moviegoers:
TEENS:Nearly three-quarters of the teens truly enjoyed "Stop-Loss." Unfortunately, a fair number rated it below average which is a bit disappointing. Recommended.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:Close to great reviews from both males and the females. Most enjoyed it very much so I can easily recommend "Stop-Loss," but about a quarter of you may be a little disappointed.
ADULTS:The male reviews aren't great but they aren't bad. About half truly enjoyed it, rating it "Very Good" or higher. Unfortunately, the remaining half only rated it as "Good/Average," which is a little disappointing. The female reviews are also good but not great. About two-thirds thought it was a great movie and half of the remaining third rated it "Good/Average." The remaining reviews are below average, which isn't good. Too mixed to make a recommendation either way.
It is ridiculously hot, the kind of heat that causes asphalt to shimmer like a
mirage. The infrequent wind only kicks up fluffy cotton tufts and dust.
Nonetheless, the occasional green onion field flashes by, a testament to modern
irrigation, determination and the old fashioned migrant labor that tends to the
land. This is Brazos, Texas and it is home to Staff Sgt. Brandon King (RYAN
PHILLIPPE) and Sgt. Steve Shriver (CHANNING TATUM). They are returning
as war heroes in a tin can of a bus, alongside their wartime buddies. They will
take a bow in front of cheering hometown crowds and then they will try to
resume civilian life as Brandon King and Steve Shriver, best childhood friends.
They went to war with noble, patriotic intentions, they served valiantly and now
they will try to leave it behind. Friends and family help – especially Michele
(ABBIE CORNISH), Steve’s fiancée, who is like a sister to Brandon. Still, the
ghosts of Iraq follow them home and manifest in drunken brawls, deteriorating
marriages and fraying friendships. Brandon, the squad leader, tries to hold his
Then, unexpectedly, Brandon receives orders to return to Iraq. Invoking a
measure called Stop-Loss, the Army indefinitely extends Brandon’s enlistment.
It upends his entire world and as he struggles to make sense of it, he turns to one
of the only people he can trust – Michele. She becomes his confidante and
accomplice, even as Steve tries to bring his friend and former CO to his senses
and, ultimately, back to the military. Love and loyalty are tested as Brandon
King, decorated war hero, goes AWOL. With Michele’s help, he races across the
U.S. – a fugitive from justice in the country he fought to protect – in search of a
way out of his predicament.