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Old 12 February 2018, 15:11
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Rented this movie from Redbox on Saturday night. The cast was pretty dam good. Bryan Cranston, Steve Carell and Laurence Fishburne. The story line is Steve Carell son dies in the Iraq War. Carell looks up a couple of his Marine Vietnam veteran buddies to accompany him to Arlington Cemetery. But then decides to bury his son at home. And their journey to get him home. Cranston plays a real character.
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Old 12 February 2018, 15:55
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Is it similar to the film "Taking Chance" with a bit of humor? Or do the guys play it straight?

I highly recommend "Taking Chance."
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Old 12 February 2018, 16:03
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Seemed like a good plot concept, but none of the actors are old enough to have served in Vietnam...Cranston is the oldest, born in 1956...he could have loaded helicopters in 1975, I suppose, but the other two were born in the early 60s.
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Old 12 February 2018, 16:43
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Is it similar to the film "Taking Chance" with a bit of humor? Or do the guys play it straight?

I highly recommend "Taking Chance."
It's a combination of humor, sadness and drama.
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Seemed like a good plot concept, but none of the actors are old enough to have served in Vietnam...Cranston is the oldest, born in 1956...he could have loaded helicopters in 1975, I suppose, but the other two were born in the early 60s.
Well, depends . Is movie set in 2004-2006? Vietnam vets were in their 50s then. So actors in their mid 50s would fit the bill. And there was a company of Marines that saw active combat in May 1975 on a Cambodian island. The last KIAs (18) of the Vietnam conflict occurred there as well sadly. Last two KIA in Vietnam were two Marines killed in rocket attack in April '75 , day before Saigon fell.
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Well, depends . Is movie set in 2004-2006? Vietnam vets were in their 50s then. So actors in their mid 50s would fit the bill.
2003 if I remember correctly. Lots of allergy scenes.
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2003 if I remember correctly. Lots of allergy scenes.
I should have guessed so much, as BHO couldn’t cause tears from grief.
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I thought it was an OK(+) movie, it did have its moments and the humor was great. The hanger scene with the caskets and the LTC seemed very forced and made it uncomfortable to watch, maybe that was by design.

I didn’t like the fact that they left you hanging as to why “Doc” spent time in the brig. It leaves you with two choices 1) he gave the morphine to the other two characters and went to jail for that or 2) they elude to wounded Marine that was suffering and “did what they had to do” there were no pain drugs....
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I thought it was an OK(+) movie, it did have its moments and the humor was great. The hanger scene with the caskets and the LTC seemed very forced and made it uncomfortable to watch, maybe that was by design.

I didn’t like the fact that they left you hanging as to why “Doc” spent time in the brig. It leaves you with two choices 1) he gave the morphine to the other two characters and went to jail for that or 2) they elude to wounded Marine that was suffering and “did what they had to do” there were no pain drugs....
I actually really enjoyed the disciplined, controlled LTC finally losing his shit and going full-on-Marine on the PFC. My wife said "No one would really talk like that (cocksucker was every other word) and be that rude, would they?"

Also, I got that he gave them morphine (and partook with them) and were unable to give pain meds to a mortally wounded platoon mate. Also, when they were talking about their guilt, Carrell's character said something along the lines of "We should stop feeling like his pain is the only thing we are guilty of...We should admit that maybe he wouldn't have been killed if we hadn't been fucking around and had been our job in the first place".

Cranston and Fishburne feel guilty because Carrell was younger, more impressionable, and probably wouldn't have done what he did without their influence (and they never got caught when he did).
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