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SGT. Will Gardner (2019)

Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 11 January 2019 (USA)
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A troubled Iraq War veteran struggling to reintegrate into society sets out on a cross-country journey with the hope of reuniting with his young son.

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Max Martini

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Max Martini
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Max Martini ... Will 'Ghost' Gardner
Omari Hardwick ... Samuel 'Top' Gallegos
Lily Rabe ... Mary-Anne Mackey
Robert Patrick ... Tony
Elisabeth Röhm ... Kimmy
Dermot Mulroney ... Buddy
Gary Sinise ... Larry
JoBeth Williams ... Sherry
Luis Bordonada ... Charlie Burroughs
Leo Martini Leo Martini ... Will Gardner Jr.
Holt McCallany ... Officer Callahan
Georgina Lightning Georgina Lightning ... Emily Saunders
Martin Palmer ... Homeless Veteran
Christopher Hagen ... Gas Station Manager
Jay DeMarcus ... Top Gunner
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Will Gardner tells the story about Iraq War veteran Will Gardner (Max Martini) who is suffering from a traumatic brain injury (TBI) he sustained during a bombing that he and his platoon suffered while in combat. His injuries make it difficult for him to reintegrate into society so after a series of setbacks, he goes on a spirited motorcycle journey across America to pick up pieces of his life lost since combat. Martini (13 Hours, Captain Phillips) also penned the script and directs the film.

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Sometimes The Battle Follows you Home

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Action | Adventure | Drama | War

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Not Rated

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Language:

English

Release Date:

11 January 2019 (USA) See more »

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Sgt. Will Gardner See more »

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Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Mona Vista Productions See more »
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30% of the films profits will be given to three charities that assist soldiers suffering from TBI (Traumatic Brain Injuries,) PTSD and homelessness: Higher Ground, Warriors Heart and Special Operations Charity Network. See more »

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A Truthful Experience of the Mind, Heart and Soul
17 January 2019 | by RedmarfilmsSee all my reviews

Sgt. Will Gardner is a shocking and truthful examination of what the mind of a veteran might be going through as he copes with post traumatic stress from combat. Writer / Director Max Martini sets the tone from the opening scene for the internal life of the character. The film serves both as metaphor and symbol to create the experience of the far reaches of the mind. It begs the question: how can we know what it's like in the life of a combat veteran, plagued by his memories and haunted by the loss of his humanity and ultimately of his mind. Director Martini brilliantly creates an environment in the film where we experience the veterans struggle by creating spaces in which he exists either in repression or delusion. It shows how the character tries to navigates his way out of the far reaches of his battered soul through the people he meets; all of which offer him the vehicle of empathy even though he is existing at the bottom of societies hierarchy. One of the most moving performances is by Marine veteran played by Luis Bordonada (an Army veteran himself). The way Bordonada inhabits the character is both heart breaking and brutal. One feels the extent at which the actor exists in each moment of sorrow, loss and joy of feeling alive, even if for a fleeting second. The most impressive and humbling aspect of the film is how Director Martini explores the power of cinema itself to create a tone of story layered with possibilities. Sgt. Gardner in the opening scenes of the film is found (and ripped out of) a destroyed motel room, where he is hiding in a bathroom. One might create symbolism and parallels of the motel room as his "mind" and the bathroom as his "repressions" where he is tragically lost. The act of him being ripped out of that environment is the very methodology the film then tackles through use of farce, humor, and structure of principles. What else is cinema capable of achieving? Please, do yourself a favor and watch Sgt. Will Gardner to find out what your experience might be. I had the great honor and privilege of watching the film while sitting next to a Navy Seal, and I can tell you unequivocally, that he was moved to his core... as was I.


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