The War at Home

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"There Is A Secret About To Explode."
  • R
  • 1996
  • 1 hr 59 min
  • 6.9  (2,579)

The War at Home is a 1996 American drama film written and directed by Emilio Estevez. The movie portrays the story of a Vietnam War veteran who struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and how his family is impacted by the aftermath of war. Jeremy Collier (played by Emilio Estevez) returns home to a small town in California from the Vietnam War in 1972. Upon his arrival, he discovers that the America he left behind and loved so much has changed. He struggles to adjust to civilian life, haunted by the war memories and the loss of his comrades.

The film mainly focuses on Jeremy's relationship with his parents, Bob (Martin Sheen) and Maurine (Kathy Bates). Jeremy's father, Bob, is a World War II veteran who owns a petrol station and is a proud American patriot, while his mother, Maurine, is struggling with her own issues.

Bob struggles to understand his son's behaviour, and Jeremy's inability to express himself further strains their already fragile relationship. His mother, on the other hand, tries to provide emotional support to Jeremy while dealing with her own secret past.

As the story progresses, Jeremy's struggles with PTSD become more evident. He isolates himself from the rest of the world, spiralling into depression and paranoia. His behaviour becomes volatile and unpredictable, creating more challenges for his family members.

Meanwhile, the anti-war movement is gaining ground, and this adds another layer of tension to the already strained family dynamics. Jeremy's friend, William (Kimberly Williams), who was also a fellow veteran, gets involved in the movement, causing a rift between the two friends. Jeremy feels betrayed and wishes to distance himself from William, who he feels cannot understand what he is going through.

The climax of the movie comes in the form of a heated confrontation between Jeremy and his father. The argument ends with Jeremy lashing out at his father, who he feels wants to sweep the realities of war under the rug. The scene is intense and emotional, with both actors delivering powerful performances.

The aftermath of the confrontation leads to a sense of closure for the family members. The War at Home is a poignant film that brings to light the struggles that veterans go through post-war. Emilio Estevez's direction and performance, along with the powerful performances of the entire cast, make this movie a must-watch for those interested in the impact of war on individuals and their families.

To summarise, The War at Home is a thought-provoking movie about the human cost of war, and how the experiences of veterans can affect their families. The film's powerful narrative, coupled with stunning performances, makes it an unforgettable movie that will leave a lasting impact on its viewers.

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    6.9  (2,579)