|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Natalie Portman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Tobey Maguire, Mare Winningham, Clifton Collins Jr., Carey Mulligan, Bailee Madison, Patrick Flueger, Jenny Wade, Luce Rains, Sam Shepard, Omid Abtahi|
|Collections:||Top 400 All-Time Rentals|
|Run time:||1 hour 50 minutes|
|Rental release:||07 Jun 2010|
By Tom Charity from LOVEFiLM
Directed by Jim Sheridan, we can't help but have high hopes for this family drama...
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Outstanding performances all roundBy Benhuczek (145 reviews) from London , 04 Jan 2010
[Highly rated reviewer]Sorry folks, I have to disagree entirely with previous reviewer. Look, there are only five stories in the world in any case, so everything you see on screen is essentially a rehash of all of them. It's just not fair to say seen it before .... This film deals with consequences of conflict. It's not a who's right or who's wrong moral dimension; Afghanistan just happens to be the relevant conflict backdrop. It even manages to avoid being schmalzily gung-ho. What makes the film special is that a lot of what you get out of it happens in your own head. There's no pithy dialogue to explain poorly thought out plot points. There's no huge special effects budget. Just a tight screenplay, tight directing and five great performances. Jake we know can pull them out of the bag. But the Spiderman bloke? Well this is a real challenge well handled. Then Natalie Portman and the two child actresses playing the daughters are great supporting cast. Put this straight onto your reserve listing.
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A little predictable but good nonethelessBy mj55 (171 reviews) , 17 Jun 2013Well acted and with a decent story. Not quite as emotionally hard hitting as it could have been. Some aspects don't quite ring true - I'd expect the military to be more careful than this in real life.
Sorry about the bad review...By a customer , 27 May 2013
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideThis film has got such great actors in it, actors that I love, and still, it is such a bad film. I want to say that I didn't like the ending, but the truth is, it does't have an ending, it's like someone cut the film in the middle and said 'this is it'. It was more depressing then touching. I didn't know how to feel about the father, if I feel sorry for him, or maybe I don't, because he killed his solider. And I don't know if I agree with his daughter when she said 'I was you would have stayed dead' because maybe it would have been better for all of them. All I can say is that I wish I didn't watch it... Sorry about the bad review...
Contrasting spidersBy 663322 (37 reviews) , 15 May 2013I did not think spider man would ever be able to pull off a role as a real character. The contrast between the brothers in character, physic and physical presentation emphasised the distance between them. Nathalie did not do much to breach the gap and the film would have been darker and stronger without her.
The sacrifices we will make to see freedomBy twosoddingcats (269 reviews) from Kingston-upon-Thames , 07 May 2013
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideThis is really a film about the sacrifices we make to see freedom again. Tobey McGuire is sent to Afghanistan for another tour of duty, leaving his wife Natalie Portman and his two daughters behind. His helicopter crashes and hes listed as missing in action, presumed dead. Devastated, his parents and his brother (Jake G., recently released from prison) try to console his wife. But he is still alive and the Taliban force him to kill his fellow American marine to stay alive. When U. S. forces invade the Taliban camp, they find him and eventually the body of the marine and McGuire doesnt tell them he has killed him. Upon his return to the States, the guilt he feels eats away at him until he finally implodes. Impressive performances from Portman, McGuire and Jake G.
Remarkable Film With a Remarkable Story, Played By Remarkable Actors!!By laneyb (312 reviews) from Rochester, Kent , 04 Mar 2013I was so very touched by this film, so much more than i thought i would be. I could not help but think of our guys and ladies out at war and there families. So heartbreaking. The characters were played with such professionalism. Jake Gyllenhaal and Tobey Maguire as brothers Tommy and Sam, My oh my I could actually see a resemblance between them. grace as Sam's wife and the two wonderful little actors playing their daughters were all remarkable. Also seeing the side of the parents of the son who goes off to war!! A Well directed film depicting the effects of war on all members of a family!
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