Two young soldiers, Bartle (21) and Murph (18) navigate the terrors of the Iraq war under the command of the older, troubled Sergeant Sterling. All the while, Bartle is tortured by a promise he made to Murph's mother before their deployment.
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"Yellow Birds" follows John Bartle and the difficulties he faces in keeping his humanity, his urge to survive and his friend Murph alive during the war in Iraq, as well as his life and struggles with his memories of the war after he comes back to Virginia.Written by
Will Poulter was originally casted as Brandon Bartle, but dropped out to star in the Comedy 'War Machine' alongside Brad Pitt. See more »
Bartle and Murphy address non-commissioned officers as "sir" numerous times throughout the film. NCOs are referred to by their rank (sergeant, staff sergeant) in the US Army, Only commissioned officers are referred to or addressed as "sir" (warrant officers can be addressed as"Mr (their last name)" or as "sir" . This is a serious error in protocol and would have been correct by the NCO being addressed immediately. See more »
I the effort to go in a different direction, but it didn't result in a good war film
I do like a war film that tries to take the viewer somewhere different, beyond the obvious that you'd expect from a war film, like Terrence Malick's brilliant "The This red Line." In fact, when this film started, it reminded me of that film.
As other reviewers have mentioned, the film makers did not appear to know anything about the military. I'm a former marine myself. And why were they trying to make the middle east (Iraq presumably) look like a Vietnamese jungle?
The overall quality was pretty good as was the acting. But the thick emotions that come out of the characters, especially later in the film, are not earned through character development and engagement.
The film is a bit of a mess. I can't recommend it.
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