Frankie is a war vet whose life sucks. He has no money, a nagging wife, junkie friends, and a deformed baby. This is the story of one day in his pathetic post-war life. Written by
Josh Pasnak <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Combat Shock is a seriously downbeat and bleak flick. I knew this going in, as it's been on my radar for a long time, so I was well-prepared for a depressing flick. And on that front, my expectations were met. I also had expectations that I would enjoy it. Those expectations were not met. The film is just not a fun movie watching experience. It's not entertaining either. But it has appeal with it's ugly atmosphere, surprisingly good dialog, and realistic telling of a Vietnam vet's tortured life.
I don't like admitting that the film bored me, but it did. On paper describing it would do the scenes more justice. But with a style very similar to the gritty and depressing 'Last House on Dead End Street', another film I didn't really like, there is a unique feeling this type of movie gives off. One that I don't like. Since it does affect me in this way, I do give it points for that. But phewy, it's slow-going, unlikeable, and altogether ugly. But with it's ridiculous finale, the message it delivers, the baby, and things I mentioned above, it's a film that I will recommend...carefully.
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