This post is my 10th and final entry in this month’s A Timely Blogathon being run by Anna of Film Grimoire and myself.
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“[voiceover, from his 09 April 2004 letter to the Phelps family] It’s ironic, but I am certain that if the world had more men like Chance Phelps, there wouldn’t be a need for a Marine Corps. ” – 1st Lt. Dan Robertson (Chance Phelp’s platoon commander)
Number of Times Seen – 3 (12 Apr 2009, 8 Jun 2014 and 25 Jul 2016)
Link to original review – Here
Brief Synopsis – Based on the true story of an Army officer who was given the honor of taking a fallen soldier home for burial.
My Take on it – When Anna and I chose to do this blogathon, this movie was the very first one that came to mind for me and I knew it would be on the top of my list of films.
Ever since I saw this film for the first time 7 years ago, I have been amazed at the way it was presented to us.
They take so much care to show us the way that the military treat their fallen brethren from the moment of death until burial with full honors.
This film takes place in 2004 when the war that is still raging today was in its infancy and the current death toll according to wikipedia stands at 4424.
“As of June 29, 2016, according to the U.S. Department of Defense casualty website, there were 4,424 total deaths (including both killed in action and non-hostile) and 31,952 wounded in action (WIA) as a result of Operation Iraqi Freedom.”
The movie takes it’s time showing us the honor given to each fallen soldier and it’s no surprise how much of an honor it is to the fallen and to the men and women chosen to escort the bodies home.
This film also emphasizes the awe that civilians have when finding out about the sacrifices made by our fighting men and women.
Kevin Bacon is superb here and I’m slightly disappointed that he wasn’t able to get more recognition for this role. Yes, I know he won a Golden Globe for it, but he lost the Emmy to Brenden Gleeson who played Churchill in “Into the Storm”.
The most impressive thing about this film for me tho is the fact that they didn’t try to extend the 77 minute runtime and kept it there because they were able to tell the story in less than the “normal” movie runtime of 90 minutes.
This film remains my favorite film of 2009 and I think this amazing film need much more exposure!
Bottom Line -Amazingly emotional story that really shows how much the fallen are honored by the military. We get to see the care taken to preserve the fallen heroes from start to finish. It’s amazing how much is done for these brave men and women and it’s easy to see why taking them home is such an honor for fellow servicemen. Bacon is superb here and I wish he would have gotten more recognition for this role. Loved how they didn’t try to extend the runtime of this and kept it at a lean 77 minutes. Highly Recommended.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The Defense Department had banned virtually all media coverage of deceased vets returning home since the 1991 Gulf War until April 2009. But the military offered advice and assistance, providing Taking Chance’s film crew with a rarely viewed but painstakingly accurate account of the care and protocol bestowed upon the nation’s fallen warriors. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (no change from original review)
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