Standing at an awkward crossroads between a polished, high-budget film and an average, well-intended queer indie flick, A Marine Story
has a bit of an identity problem, but its heart is in the right place.
The story of a tough ex-Marine (played by The Gymnast
favorite Dreya Weber
) kicked out under “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” and her difficult assimilation into civilian life, it deftly showcases the difficulties of women in the modern military, though the plot unfortunately goes Awol toward the end.
We first meet Alexandra (Weber) as she walks, military pack in tow, through a southwestern desert town. Every few moments, we see a flashback to her martial past – her deployments, her drills and her pride being an American soldier. She encounters old friends, buys a rusty car and stops a robbery at a tiny convenience store (badass Sarah Connor-style), prompting a few words from the town sheriff.