Watch Now

From $3.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

After returning home from an extended tour in Afghanistan, a decorated U.S. Army medic and single mother struggles to rebuild her relationship with her young son.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay),
4 wins. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Expecting (2013)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

After years of struggling to conceive with her husband, Lizzie has given up hope of having a baby on her own. But when her best friend Andie finds herself pregnant after a one-night stand, ... See full summary »

Director: Jessie McCormack
Stars: Michelle Monaghan, Radha Mitchell, Jon Dore
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.7/10 X  

Charlie Rankin, recently released from prison, seeks vengeance for his jail-house mentor William "The Buddha" Pettigrew. Along the way, he meets the ethereal, yet streetwise, Florence Jane. They embark on a unlikely road trip, careening towards an unlikely redemption and uncertain resolution.

Director: David Jacobson
Stars: Michelle Monaghan, Willem Dafoe, Stephen Dorff
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A strait-laced pharmacist's uneventful life spirals out of control when he starts an affair with a trophy-wife customer who takes him on a joyride involving sex, drugs and possibly murder.

Directors: Geoff Moore, David Posamentier
Stars: Sam Rockwell, Olivia Wilde, Michelle Monaghan
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A reclusive, blind photojournalist lives quietly in a New York penthouse, until a smooth but sadistic criminal looking for a hidden fortune enters her life.

Director: Joseph Ruben
Stars: Michelle Monaghan, Michael Keaton, Barry Sloane
Trucker (2008)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A trucker, leading a life free of depth and on the way to nowhere, is forced to make a decision about her aggressive loner 11-year-old son whom she openly deserted ten years previously.

Director: James Mottern
Stars: Michelle Monaghan, Nathan Fillion, Benjamin Bratt
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Unrequited love motivates a guy to write about his experiences.

Director: Justin Reardon
Stars: Chris Evans, Michelle Monaghan, Topher Grace
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A pair of former high school sweethearts reunite after many years when they return to visit their small hometown.

Director: Michael Hoffman
Stars: James Marsden, Michelle Monaghan, Luke Bracey
After II (2014)
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

A story centered around the Valentinos, a struggling family whose delicate balance is threatened by a carefully concealed secret that, if revealed, will change their lives forever.

Director: Pieter Gaspersz
Stars: Kathleen Quinlan, John Doman, Pablo Schreiber
Frontera (2014)
Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A former Arizona sheriff's wife is killed while riding on their ranch property. It would appear a Mexican man illegally crossing into the US is at fault. As the former and the current sheriff search for answers, lives are changed forever.

Director: Michael Berry
Stars: Ed Harris, Eva Longoria, Michael Peña
Winter Solstice I (2004)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

In this suburban drama, a widower (played by Anthony LaPaglia) confronts his older son's (played by Aaron Stanford) decision to leave home and his younger son's self-destructive behavior.

Director: Josh Sternfeld
Stars: Anthony LaPaglia, Aaron Stanford, Mark Webber
Camp X-Ray (2014)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A soldier assigned to Guantanamo Bay befriends a man who has been imprisoned there.

Director: Peter Sattler
Stars: Kristen Stewart, Peyman Moaadi, Lane Garrison
Adventure | Drama

In the summer of 1969, ten-year-old Jack's passion for astronomy and space exploration ignites brightly within him, inspired by an extraordinary new friend, his test-pilot father, and ... See full summary »

Director: Bill Jacobs
Stars: Paul Hickert, Turner Maxwell, Oakes Fegley
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
...
Staff Sergeant Donovan
...
...
Alma
...
Staff Sergeant Malcolm
...
Richard
...
Garver
...
Mike Swann
...
Sgt. Butcher
...
Luis
...
Afghan Driver
...
Javier
...
Soldier 1
...
Boy
...
Beth Ann
Edit

Storyline

After returning home from an extended tour in Afghanistan, a decorated U.S. Army medic and single mother struggles to rebuild her relationship with her young son.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

So many expectations

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

1 October 2015 (Israel)  »

Also Known As:

Khoveshet kravit  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

While preparing for her role, Michelle Monaghan job shadowed active duty Army medics. See more »

Quotes

Paul: Will you be gone for one day?
See more »

Soundtracks

The World Keeps Turning
Written and Performed by Claire Wyndham
Silky Oak Music/Kompass Music (BMI)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Monaghan gives a great performance in an otherwise solid film.
24 December 2014 | by (Suffolk, England) – See all my reviews

Having sat on the sidelines of various action movies and thrillers, including but not limited to Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Source Code, Mission Impossible: III and this year's True Detective, it's great to see Michelle Monaghan lead a good meaty drama. It's a premise also explored this year with Clint Eastwood's American Sniper but arguably one more interesting through a mother's eyes.

Returning home from duty, medic Maggie Swann (Monaghan) finds herself replaced in her son's eyes by her (Ron Livingston in a good small role) ex-husband's new wife (Emmanuelle Chriqui). As a result of her frequent absences, he doesn't even recognize her. Taking custody back from her ex, she tries to reinstate herself as her son's mother, starting their relationship with a fresh slate. Fort Bliss captures the anxiety of the fact that we can get to a point where we can no longer catch up, no matter how close we should be.

Maggie thrives in service more than motherhood. She's not a bad mother by all means, but sometimes she simply lacks the patience. Monaghan plays it stern but sensitive, holding her cards close to her chest only revealing aspects of herself when necessary. It's a very controlled and layered performance that shows what she can do when given the leading opportunity.

I just wish the kid actor, Oakes Fegley, wasn't so unbearable. Sure, the kid is a brat, that's the point, but it's near intolerable. His performance is not well measured, or guided by writer/director Claudia Myers into a passable unrestrained performance like Noah Wiseman in this years The Babadook. The film hinges on the kid and as he lacks charisma the goal of bonding with him is not an enticing one.

The plot glides perhaps a little too smoothly, though it is very character orientated. For instance, Maggie suggests whether her son wants a bigger room to run around in and the next minute they've moved house. The writing often lacks a sensitivity to consequence when the tone of the performances and photography suggest otherwise. It could have benefited from a lot more focus as assorted characters and flashbacks drift in and out of Maggie's life without enough development to justify their prominence.

Although it needed various trimmings, the power of its main ideas remains stark. Besides the idea of losing touch with those you should be closest to, it subverts the mother and father role in this context, questioning why when men have to work it's fine yet when women have to it means they're a bad mother. It puts you in a very interesting, if justifiably confrontational perspective. The film isn't all agenda driven arguments with a few tense Hurt Locker style passages to reveal more about the why of Maggie.

Combined with the great performances, it has an appropriately desert bleached and subdued shaky-cam cinematography mixed with a Gustavo Santaolalla-esque score to give it a rugged aesthetic.Fort Bliss is an often intimate and involving film, but it doesn't offer enough to be completely satisfying unless you relate to it in a very specific way. But this is the Monaghan show and it's is essential viewing for any fans of her work so far. If only she could get some kind of awards traction, it would be thoroughly deserved.

7/10

Read more @ The Awards Circuit (http://www.awardscircuit.com/)


5 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Uhhhhhh, the kid really didn't recognize his mom? jayjayjoop
reinlist robatmuskoka-89-696422
Ft. Bliss catherine-hunt2000
Issues with the Mom porcelain_god2000
2005 - 2004 Jeep in one shot richard-mader
2014 Newport Beach Film Festival - Fort Bliss rbanteater
Discuss Fort Bliss (2014) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?