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Badland (2007)

R | | Drama | 8 May 2008 (Germany)
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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Jamie Draven ...
Jerry Rice
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Celina Rice
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Nora Rice
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Max Astin
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Oli Danilou
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jenae Adam ...
Kid at Playground #1
Luc Adam ...
Kid at Playground #2
Larry Austin ...
Motel Owner
Harvey Bourassa ...
Cafe Customer #1
Louie Campbell ...
Ray
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Louie
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Stevie
Amy Cook ...
Kid at Playground #3
Ryan Cook ...
Kid at Playground #4
Dennis Corrie ...
Fire Captain Baker
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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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war wound | murder | See All (2) »

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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 »

Soundtracks

TIME TICKING AWAY
Performed by Trial 'N' Error
Vocals by JOey DiTata
Written by Wayne Boote & Rod McWilliam (ASCAP)
Used with permission by Wayne Boote & Rod McWilliam
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A truly courageous film
9 November 2007 | by See all my reviews

One cannot watch this film and not be affected by the emotional impact it has long after leaving the theater. Badland is the type of powerful movie that longs to be discussed and debated.

The film is a disturbing view into the psyche of one man who returns from war beaten and broken. Jamie Draven gives an amazing performance as Jerry, the vet who returns home to a world as alien as the one he was fighting in. His tormented soul struggles to fit back into society, only to find that he is truly lost.

Jerry can no longer relate to his wife and children and without giving anything away, his anguish sets him on a path of self destruction. The only ray of sunshine on his tortured journey, is that of his daughter Celina, played with the maturity of a veteran actress by young Grace Fulton.

The music is haunting in it's simplicity and underscores the torment of Jerry's character. The panoramic vistas seem to add a sense of normalcy and serenity to an otherwise harsh and brutal subject matter and they seem to enhance Jerry's yearning to find peace and redemption. But Jerry realizes that his dream to find peace and a new beginning only brings out more ghosts and memories of his past. He can't escape what he's done and he can't undo the terrible acts of violence he has committed. And when he meets Max, also a war vet, played by actor Joe Morton, he is reminded with blinding clarity that the sins of the past really do follow you forcing you to face them with the force of a sledge hammer. Jerry is so out of touch with reality that he attempts to weave a new life for himself in the face of his brutally violent acts. He is so shattered that he believes he can simply step away from his past and step into a new life like changing a pair of pants. To his horror, he discovers he cannot.

The entire cast gave outstanding performances bringing the realities of war home and one can only wonder just how beaten and broken the vets who come home truly are. This powerful film gives us a glimpse into ravages of war and one cannot help but be affected by emotional whirlwind the characters go through as we follow them.

Director Francesco Lucente has given us a movie without the tired cliché flashbacks of war footage. We already know that war is physically devastating, what Badland shows us is the devastation it has on the soul. It is truly a courageous film that will be the topic of discussion for years to come and a MUST see film.


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