In Thank You For Your Service, the new war drama / biography starring Miles Teller and Hayley Bennett, a group of U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq are struggling to integrate back into family and civilian life…
Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is interesting and my two favourite war films – American Sniper (2014) and The Hurt Locker (2008) touch on the subject to a degree. In Thank You For Your Service, PTSD is the main focus and so I must watch. The other reason for me to watch is Teller because of his memorable work in Whiplash (2014). Also I’m curious about Bennett. I’ve seen her in a number of trailers but I’m yet to watch one of her movies.
Directed by Jason Hall; Joe Cole and Keisha Castle-Hughes also star.
In Disorder, a.k.a Maryland, Belgian actor Matthias Schoenaerts is a highly capable bodyguard sufferring from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Diane Kruger is the wife of a wealthy but absent Lebanese businessman. If you try just a little, I could be wrong but you can probably guess how the story is likely to unfold…
My thoughts about the trailer include words like dangerous,sexy, thriller, Matthias Schoenaerts, etc., etc.
All that remains is for the movie to be as good as the trailer hints. Disorder is subtitled but if you want to see Schoenaerts in English speaking roles, try The Drop (2014) and The Danish Girl (2015). He’s wonderful in both.
Written and directed by Alice Winocour, the cast also features Paul Hamy and Victor Pontecorvo.
The subject matter of Of Men & War, a Laurent Becue-Renard directed documentary is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Particularly the effects of the disorder on the lives of combat veterans and the people closest to them, years after they return home…
I don’t personally know any veterans myself so I’m looking forward to learning a few things and hoping to see great progress for all the men involved.
There are obvious moral issues that come up as a result of the subject matter of Eastwood’s American Sniper, but that isn’t really what the film is about.
Instead, it’s a story that touches on the effects of war on the psyche of someone who’s job – simply put, is to kill anyone that poses an immediate danger to the Soldiers he’s hired to protect in Iraq, post 9/11.
Bradley Cooper does a brilliant job of portraying Chris Kyle, the most lethal sniper in U.S military history – and he does it to great effect more with well placed silences than words.
If you know the Chris Kyle story, you already know how this movie ends and towards the end you’ll be glad about how Eastwood dealt with the the last few scenes; particularly what you don’t see just before the real life footage begins.
In terms of Eastwood’s body of work, American Sniper is good, but it’s no Million Dollar Baby (2004) or Gran Torino (2008).
Some have said the film feels more like a dictation of the subject’s life than an actual movie and I don’t completely disagree. It’s worth watching anyway because you’re curious and you know Bradley Cooper good.
The result of Bradley Cooper’s emotional transformation to play real life US Sniper Chris Kyle, is probably as impressive as the physical change he had to undergo in order to play the lead in Clint Eastwood’s latest, American Sniper (2014).
To say that based on the below trailer, the film looks great is just right. Sienna Miller, Owain Yeoman and Luke Grimes also star but what I’m really most curious about in this film is the adventure into the psyche of the Sniper. Especially since such a job is so far from anything most of us could ever imagine choosing to do.
On a side note, watching this trailer definitely makes me want to re-watch The Hurt Locker (2008). Anyone else?