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Stop-Loss (2008)

R  |   |  Drama, War  |  28 March 2008 (USA)
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A veteran soldier returns from his completed tour of duty in Iraq, only to find his life turned upside down when he is arbitrarily ordered to return to field duty by the Army.



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Decorated Iraq war hero Sgt. Brandon King makes a celebrated return to his small Texas hometown following his tour of duty. He tries to resume the life he left behind. Then, against Brandon's will, the Army orders him back to duty in Iraq, which upends his world. The conflict tests everything he believes in: the bond of family, the loyalty of friendship, the limits of love and the value of honor. Written by Paramount Pictures

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The bravest place to stand is by each other's side.


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Rated R for graphic violence and pervasive language | See all certifications »

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28 March 2008 (USA)  »

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Untitled Kimberly Peirce Project  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

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$4,555,117 (USA) (28 March 2008)


$10,911,750 (USA) (13 June 2008)

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The younger brother of co-writer and director Kimberly Peirce served in the military after 9/11. She IM'd him regularly from the day he landed in Iraq and learned what his everyday life was like. This gave her a window into the young men signing up, their training and aspirations, their experiences in Iraq, and what happened when they came home. See more »


The U.S. Army personnel in the movie wear the outdated DCU and BDU. At the time of the movie's filming and release, the U.S. Army wore the ACU. See more »


Brandon King: Fuck the president!
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Another Forgettable Entry in the Iraq War Movie Mill
17 November 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Kimberly Peirce becomes one of the latest directors to try and only marginally succeed in making a compelling film about the Iraq conflict.

Peirce takes on as her subject the military's stop-loss clause, essentially a back door draft by which the military can use fine print in recruits' contracts to prevent them from getting out once their time is up. Peirce obviously feels strongly about the policy, but what should be a hard-hitting drama feels instead like a rather preachy after-school special. She coaxes a nice performance out of Ryan Phillipe, as the soldier who goes AWOL when his stop-loss clause is activated, but she doesn't fare as well with the rest of the cast. The film suffers from confusing editing, that doesn't always make it clear where characters are or how events are related to one another, and the writing at times is weak as well, with character motivations not coming across as clearly as they should.

I don't know what it is about the Iraq conflict that makes it so hard for filmmakers to make good movies about it. Maybe it will have to be over for a while before anyone can begin to approach it with any success.

Grade: B-

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