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This grim tale raises many questions that need to be addressed

  • Nov 18, 2010
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This 2009 film, with two Golden Globe nominations, addresses a current US problem, with proper sensitivity and excellent acting. In 2007, Captain Sam Cahill is preparing to leave for his fourth tour of duty with the marines in Afghanistan. His brother has just been released from jail for committing rape. The two brothers are very close, but their father, an ex-marine sergeant, a veteran of Vietnam, considers Sam a hero and his bother Tommy a failure.


            While in Afghanistan, Sam’s plane is shot down, the military assumes that he is killed, and informs his wife and two daughters that he is dead. However, he is not killed. He and a private are captured by Taliban soldiers and tossed for months into a dismal hole. Sam does all he can to persuade the private not to give in to the Taliban. He is firm for months. But the two are tortured repeatedly and horribly and Sam is forced by the Taliban to kill the private.


            Back at home, his brother Tommy, in an apparent well-meaning manner, changes his wasteful personality and does all he can to help Sam’s wife. He remodels her kitchen and other parts of her house. He does all he can to help her, encourage her, make her and her daughters laugh. He even goes to the woman he assaulted and begs her pardon. Sam’s wife is impressed. After smoking dope together and having a drink, she kisses him. One kiss.


            After months, Sam is rescued. He can hardly talk when the marines take him from his hole. When he comes home, it is clear that he has been traumatized. He asks his brother about his wife: “Did you f**k her? Tell me. I understand. I forgive you.” He also blows up at his wife saying that she has been sleeping with Tommy. He yells at his kids. He tells his colonel that his family does not understand him.


            What will happen between Sam’s wife and his brother? Can Sam be helped? Can he improve his relationship with his wife, Tommy, his two daughters, and his father? What will be the relationship between him and the wife of the private that he killed? Was he a hero? What is a hero? 

This grim tale raises many questions that need to be addressed This grim tale raises many questions that need to be addressed This grim tale raises many questions that need to be addressed

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Thirty-something Captain Sam Cahill and his younger brother Tommy Cahill, are polar opposites. A Marine about to embark on his fourth tour of duty, Sam is a steadfast family man married to his high school sweetheart, the aptly named Grace, with whom he has two young daughters. Tommy, his charismatic younger brother, is a drifter just out of jail who&#226;€™s always gotten by on wit and charm. He slides...&#160;See Full DescriptionGenres:Drama, Remake and War Release Date:December 4th, 2009 (limited) Distributors:Sony Pictures Releasing, Lionsgate See Full Details
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Director: Jim Sheridan
Release Date: December 4th, 2009 (limited)
MPAA Rating: R
Runtime: 1 hr. 50 min.
Studio: Lionsgate
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