A pragmatic U.S. Marine observes the dehumanizing effects the Vietnam War has on his fellow Marine recruits from their brutal boot camp training to the bloody street fighting set in 1968 in Hue, Vietnam.
Three stories told simultaneous in ninety minutes of real time: a Republican Senator who's a presidential hopeful gives an hour-long interview to a skeptical television reporter, detailing a strategy for victory in Afghanistan; two special forces ambushed on an Afghani ridge await rescue as Taliban forces close in; a poli-sci professor at a California college invites a promising student to re-engage. Decisions press upon the reporter, the student, and the soldiers. Written by
The state flag in Irving's office is Illinois'. See more »
The movie shows the events in all 3 places beginning at 10am Eastern Standard Time, 6:30pm in Afghanistan, and 7am in California. In fact, Afghanistan is 9.5 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time. If it were Daylight Saving Time, then it would be 8.5 hours, but the movie took place during winter and the text on the screen said Standard Time not Daylight time. See more »
Professor Stephen Malley:
The decisions you make now, bud, can't be changed but with years and years of hard work to redo it... And in those years you become something different. Everybody does as the time passes. You get married, you get into debt... But you're never gonna be the same person you are right now. And promise and potential... It's very fickle, and it just might not be there anymore.
Are you assuming I already made a decision? And also that I'll live to regret it?
Professor Stephen Malley:
All I'm saying is that you're an adult now....
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If you don't like this film...it is almost guaranteed that you are...
...a republican..LOL. Seriously,I thought the film was all that it was touted to be. It is thought provoking and deals with a lot of the cold hard facts about the greedy leaders who use war for profit and get filthy rich..while the working class and the poor are the brave ones who fight and die. It is really funny that you can find people still supportive of this unjust war founded on a stack of lies taller than both world trade centers. This movie is one of those love it or hate it and nothing in between. People who put money and power ahead of decency and human life will hate this movie,those who think that one life lost for the wrong cause is one too many..will love it. Fair to say that most republicans will hate it because the Cruise character is simply a typical George Bush/GOP clone who gives the same tired answers over and over and labels anyone who disagrees as a terrorist or unpatriotic. I am as patriotic as anyone and would be the first to pick up gun and defend this country if need be...but for the right reasons. Not to make Haliburton,Blackwater etc. even more money. It is simply a war for money and this movie tells each side of the story well. The right wing or will stop at nothing to make money(Cruise). The liberals who question everything(Streep). The brave soldiers who spill their blood for what they think are the right reasons. Great film that should be seen by everyone. I think,without a doubt,it is Oscar-worthy. One of the best films of the year(which isn't saying much..LOL). Quite simply..Republicans will hate it..democrats will love it. I loved it.
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