Badland (2007)

R  |   |  Drama  |  8 May 2008 (Germany)
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An American soldier is unable to cope with the realities of daily life after he returns from his tour of duty in Iraq.



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An American soldier is unable to cope with the realities of daily life after he returns from his tour of duty in Iraq.

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When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying the cross. Sinclair Lewis



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Rated R for some strong disturbing violence and pervasive language | See all certifications »





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Filmed during the one of the coldest October's on record, but the actors had to dress as if it were in late August. The crew were dressed in heavy winter gear. Between takes the cast were wrapped in sleeping bags to stay warm. See more »


Performed by Bruce Springsteen
Written & Published by Bruce Springsteen (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
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A harsh film that is worth watching
22 May 2007 | by (Mauritius) – See all my reviews

This is a quite long film (almost 3 hours) but you don't really see the time pass by as it is very poignant and gripping. The scenario is well constructed, acting is excellent as well as film direction. There are some glitches (like a wound in the girl's hand that appears completely healed in a scene then is shown again with a bloody plaster on it in the next one) but they are very minor.

Overall, it is an excellent film about the traumatic and dramatic results of war on the psyche and life of American soldiers when they come back to the States. Jamie Draven plays the role of Jerry, an American soldier who has tremendous difficulties to adjust to normal life again. To make matters worse, his wife thinks he is an a**hole, they live in a sordid home and environment with three children and a fourth one is in the womb. Jerry commits something tragic (can't say what… would be a spoiler) and as a consequence, engages in a drama-laden trip in his homeland with a constant refusal to accept full redemption leading to a tragic end for the only thing that could have saved him from himself (can't say what again;-)

The penultimate flash scene could have been removed as it unrealistically questions the whole story's existence. Whereas the whole film could shock audiences, that scene tries to come back on that jolt like they were not so sure about going the full length. Anyway, fortunately it was a very short scene which you could choose to ignore…

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