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13 out of 16 people found the following review useful:
Surprisingly tolerable., 24 November 2012
Author: Johnny Hollywood from Sydney, Australia
With Love and Honour, Liam Hemsworth and Teresa Palmer bring some
Aussie flavour to the quintessential American staple: a love story set
The film tells the tale of Mickey (Hemsworth) and Dalton (Austin Stowell), two soldiers who spend their week off from Vietnam flying back to America, where Dalton plans to reunite with his best gal Jane (Aimee Teegarden). Mickey, ever the adventurer, tags along for the ride before getting bitten by the love bug himself in the form of Candace (Palmer).
If the plot sounds older than time itself, it's because it is, but the film remains at least a bearably enjoyable romp. In what proves to be both a blessing and a curse, Love and Honour plays out like two films in one.
In the first half, the acting on display is above par, and while the script fails to account for some plot holes, it manages to avoid an avalanche of clichés that films of this genre are typically so prone to.
Disappointingly, the second half labours, jumping right back onto the beaten track en route to a bland and entirely expected conclusion. A decent option as a mind-numbing stimulus, watching this ninety-three minute film will feel like well, about an hour-and-a-half.
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16 out of 25 people found the following review useful:
A bit Cheesy, a bit Predictable, a bit Excellent 7.1/10, 15 February 2013
Author: Dear Boss Reviews by NaV from Influx Magazine - email@example.com
Danny Mooney who is better known for acting (The Ides of March) than
directing, has given us a well put together film with two well known
actors, Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games) and the beautiful Teresa
Palmer (Warm Bodies), as the main leads. I just reviewed 'Ginger and
Rosa' which is similar to this in a lot of ways and I enjoyed both
films immensely. It's about two soldiers who are buddies, Mickey and
Peter and while about to go on leave Peter get's a letter from his
girlfriend, Juniper, who is played by the sexy Aimee Teegarden (Scream
4) in which she is breaking up with him. Chris Lowell (The Help) plays
Peter and together with Mickey they fly off home to try to win back
Juniper's heart. Mickey meets Candace (Teresa Palmer) and falls head
over heels in love with her and things get very interesting.
This is hardly an original story but it's back-story is cleverly weaved into the film to help get the message of love and emotional maturity within relationships across. I think I saw a film that also had the first moon landing as a back-story but I can't remember it's name. When we see the scenes that are set in Vietnam Danny Mooney used some very clever techniques to give the illusion of jungle warfare without having to throw money at it and it was effective.
On the surface this appears to be a simple love story but it's way more than that and it's been told well. Rock solid acting, directing and production made this a pleasure to watch and while it's a bit cheesy it's very entertaining and has the bonus of Teresa Palmer for us guys and Liam Hemsworth for the ladies.
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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful:
A Pleasant Surprise, 22 March 2013
Author: Sam Alec from United States
A poker of actors Jane / Aimee Teegarden , Candace / Teresa Palmer ,
Mickey / Liam Hemsworth , and Dalton / Austin Stowell love and war are
the premises,let's talk about the movie.Dalton (Stowell) is breaking up
with Juniper/Jane (Teegarden) and he has a week and his Awol fellow
Mickey (Hemsworth) to win her back.I wouldn't want to go more in depth
with the story of the movie,since one of the many things I liked of it
are the twists and turns like; "life is never just a straight line to
follow" thingy.It's good to see the different approach to the Nam war
focusing more on the inside conflicts between
Did i like the movie ? Definitely !
Would I advise you to watch it ? Sure !
Solid acting,subtly but charming approach to multiple states of mind in a tumultuous period,at the end of sixties,with a war and dreams in between.
Being usually very picky means when I like something you surely will too so act accordingly...
I also recently saw Upside Down and if you are looking for a date movie or just a romantic mind's wandering,this is a great and better choice.Learn passing on today's visual gimmicks and overflowing marketing nonsense.Little gems are out there to be found,and this is indeed one.
Now Steppenwolf me out of here.
0 out of 4 people found the following review useful:
Another failed attempt at trying to appeal to a male audience, 25 March 2013
Author: estebangonzalez10 from Ecuador
¨Military fly free.¨
Love and Honor is yet another lame attempt at trying to make a chick flick appealing to men by adding some action, which in this case happened to be the Vietnam War. The only problem is that the action scenes only take place during the beginning of the film and the rest of the story is a plain formulaic chick flick which happens to star young good looking actors in order to appeal to its audience. Love and Honor isn't anything we haven't seen before in hundreds of other rom-coms and in everyday TV series. This film is Danny Mooney's directorial debut after having worked mostly as an actor in the industry. The script which is hard to believe wasn't adapted from a Nicholas Spark novel, was written by Jim Burnstein and Garrett K. Schiff, but one has to assume that they were deeply inspired by him when coming up with this story. One of the main issues I had with the film (apart from the cheesy scripts and characters) was that it never felt to me that we were in 1969. The production design team never managed to transport us into that world, like other great films have done so (more recently Argo). I can see why some people might enjoy this film, especially girls, considering it is a chick flick and has some likable young actors, but artistically it has little value. There are plenty of other great independent rom- coms that are worth checking out instead of this.
The story takes place in 1969 as we follow a group of American soldiers in Vietnam trying to survive the war. Mickey (Liam Hemsworth) is in charge of the radio equipment, while Joiner (Austin Stowell) has a special talent for recognizing explosive wires hidden throughout the place. He is the main reason why everyone is still alive, but there is a motivation for his attention to detail. Joiner is in love with Jane (Aimee Teegarden) and all he can think of is surviving along with his friends in order to return home safely and marry the girl of his dreams. Right before the soldiers are given a week off duty, Joiner gets a letter from Jane claiming she wants to break up with him. In order to win her back, Joiner decides to sneak back to Michigan during their week off. Mickey, an uncompromising young soldier, decides to help Joiner and make sure he returns without being caught. Thus the two soldiers arrive in Michigan and catch up with Jane, who is calling herself Juniper now and involved in an anti-war movement along with several other teens. Joiner wins her love back when Mickey claims they have deserted the war in protest, and ends up falling for one of Juniper's friends, Candace (Teresa Palmer). The two men experience the surreal counter culture of the Vietnam War back home, and at the same time end up falling in love while the entire world has their eyes on men's first voyage to the moon.
Whenever you don't have a solid script it's hard for the performances to be strong and credible. Liam Hemsworth and Teresa Palmer are very good looking actors and shared some chemistry, but the entire premise was so cheesy that it was hard to believe their story. Love and Honor ends up being yet another romantic melodrama that never explores the true value of the two words in the title. Aimee Teegarden and Austin Stowell served only as the back story for the main one, but they too lacked chemistry. As much as the producers wanted to appeal to a male audience, I think this film will only seduce young girls. It doesn't do much for a male audience and it is just another formulaic cliché film that does nothing to break from the boundaries of the genre.
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