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Company K (2004)

R | | Drama, War | 22 April 2004 (USA)
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A troubled veteran of World War I named Joe Delaney struggles to write a history of the Marine company in which he served. In the nightmare of war, each man is defined by a singular moment ... See full summary »

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A troubled veteran of World War I named Joe Delaney struggles to write a history of the Marine company in which he served. In the nightmare of war, each man is defined by a singular moment in which his true character is revealed. Finally Delaney must confront the dead German soldier who still haunts his dreams. Written by Robert Clem

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It's not just a job, but it is not an adventure
9 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The old National Guard ad used to say, "It's not just a job, it's an adventure!" Robert Clem's adaptation of William March's book of the same title retains the overall humanity of men in combat but is clear to dispel any myth of glorious combat action. Service men and women will enjoy this film for its accuracy and will relate to the characters and their experiences. The book is a timeless classic. Robert Clem has done a masterful job of portraying the story for us to enjoy and learn from.

This film is a timeless examination of how combat affects men and their lives after the combat is over. As an officer in the U.S. Army myself, I recognize and relate to the characters and their experiences. There are genuine events portrayed that have been repeated time-after-time since William March wrote his book. As a primer for the military, this could help leaders to identify when their subordinates are facing moral dilemmas perhaps at the cost of their own life. It will help the first line combatants to remember to remain vigilant or suffer the consequences of inattentiveness. It will also help the general public to understand a bit more what is involved with service in the military.

Certainly there is a close camaraderie demonstrated in the film among the fighting Marines. That camaraderie is present today too. Those men struggled upon their return home when their close knit organization was no longer around to provide support (positive or negative). Today's veteran also all-too-often returns home facing a public that really doesn't understand or is often unwilling to accept the fact that waging war is not simply a job.

Today's U.S. Military is all volunteer and most personnel re-enlist themselves to defend the ideals of freedom defined in the U.S. Constitution. The military and society are partners receiving mutual benefit in turn for that service. I think this film is clear on long-term effects from combat.

I appreciate Mr. Clem's attention to detail and accuracy in creating this film. His adaptation is a poignant work of craftsmanship. I highly recommend this film.


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