Home of the Brave

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"The final test of courage is coming home."
  • R
  • 2006
  • 1 hr 46 min
  • 5.6  (11,216)
  • 42

Home of the Brave is a war drama film released in 2006. It was directed by Irwin Winkler and stars an impressive cast that includes Samuel L. Jackson, 50 Cent, Jessica Biel, Christina Ricci, and Brian Presley. The film tells the story of four soldiers returning home from Iraq and their struggles to adjust to civilian life. The movie begins with a tense and intense sequence of events in Iraq. Will Marsh (Samuel L. Jackson), Tommy Yates (Brian Presley), Jamal Aiken (50 Cent), and Vanessa Price (Jessica Biel) are all soldiers fighting in Iraq. They survive a vicious attack that leaves them shaken and traumatized. Returning home, they find that adjusting to their everyday lives is harder than they thought. They struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder, nightmares, and depression as they attempt to resume normal life.

Will Marsh, an army doctor, is haunted by the death of a young soldier he couldn't save. He’s also trying to reconnect with his son, who is playing in his high school basketball team. Meanwhile, Tommy Yates, a gunner, has lost his hand in combat and is trying to learn to live without it. Jamal Aiken, a specialist, is burdened by the memory of accidentally killing innocent civilians during a raid, leading to a court-martial. Finally, Vanessa Price, a medic, is trying to fix her failing marriage and heal the loss of her faith. All four come home into a world they no longer recognize.

Despite the support of their families and friends, the soldiers feel disconnected from the society they fought for. They struggle to find employment and feel like they no longer belong in their own homes. Vanessa, for example, is told to 'get over it' by a fellow veteran during a job interview. Tommy has to face a disability evaluation board that threatens to take away his pension. Jamal is haunted by a fellow soldier’s death and is unable to ask for help.

The film is a sobering and realistic portrayal of war veterans' returning home. It showcases the struggles that they face while dealing with the trauma that they have experienced. The film also highlights the disconnect between the military and civilian society, pointing out the challenges veterans face in trying to resume normal life. The narrative is fragmented, moving between multiple characters; each of them has their story that culminates in a predictably heartwarming finale.

Home of the Brave relies heavily on its ensemble cast to bring the story to life. Samuel L. Jackson delivers an excellent performance as Will Marsh, trying to balance his duties as a father with his trauma. His chemistry with Brian Presley (Tommy Yates) is another highlight of the movie. Jessica Biel is also noteworthy in her portrayal of a woman broken by the trauma of war.

One significant flaw of the movie is that it often becomes too simplistic in its portrayal of PTSD. It’s important to note that PTSD is complex, and people can have varied experiences. There are times when the movie reduces it to an almost-solved issue. Overall, Home of the Brave is a well-intentioned film, attempting to address the challenges that veterans face, but its impact remains limited.

The soundtrack of the movie is done by Stephen Endelman, and it adds to the movie's overall tone. The film's cinematography by Tony Pierce-Roberts is respectable, though it does little to stand out. The movie's themes of trauma, PTSD, and displacement make it a crucial viewing for anyone wishing to understand the struggles of veterans post-war.

In conclusion, Home of the Brave offers a poignant and thought-provoking commentary on the issues veterans face in returning home from war. The film emphasizes the need for societal support towards veterans and their families as they navigate their way back to civilian life. Although the film might not be perfect, it's an excellent attempt at start a conversation about the reality of the aftermath of war.

Home of the Brave is a 2006 war movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 46 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.6 and a MetaScore of 42.

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    1 hr 46 min
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    5.6  (11,216)
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