Thank You For Your Service (2017)

“I have to be sick or I can’t get my benefits.” – Adam

Number of Times Seen – 1 (21 Jan 2018)

Brief Synopsis – Upon returning home from fighting in Iraq, three soldiers try to get their old lives back while also learning to cope with their nightmares from the horrors that they witnessed.

My Take on it – This is a film that I’ve been anticipating seeing for quite some time because of its supposed realism of the lives of returning veterans as to how they are treated when attempting to reintegrate into society.

One of my favorite films is The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) which shows how 3 soldiers returning from World War II trying to reintegrate themselves into their old lives and this film reminded me so much of a modern version of that film.

They do a wonderful job depicting how modern soldiers must deal with reclaiming their old lives while also being required to navigate the various bureaucracies of the modern world.

The cast is mostly comprised of unrecognizable or even unknown actors which helps make this film feel even more realistic.

Miles Teller, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Haley Bennett, Joe Cole, Beulah Koale, Brad Beyer, Scott Hayes and Amy Schumer are all great here.

They do an amazing job making the film feel really timeless since veterans have never been treated so well or been so welcomed over so many years.

The fact that this film is based on real people also helps make it even more impactful.

The film’s theme song Freedom Cadence is quite emotional and it makes me cry whenever I hear it.  Listen to it here:

Bottom Line – Great modern depiction of how soldiers deals with returning home after fighting.  The cast is largely unknown and/or unrecognizable which helps make it feel even more realistic. The film does an amazing job making it feel timeless due to the way that veterans have been treated for so long. The themes explored here reminded a lot of one of my favorite films, The Best Years of Our Lives (1946). The film’s theme song by Springsteen is superb and can easily emit tears because it is so emotional. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Amy Schumer donated all the money she earned for this movie to army war vet foundations. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy


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2 thoughts on “Thank You For Your Service (2017)

  1. Agree with you. This was a terrific film. Very moving and impactful. One of 2 criminally underseen acting efforts by Miles Teller last year (along with “Only The Brave”). Schumer was nearly unrecognizable. A very good cast and insightful writing (Beulah Koale BTW is now a series regular on “Hawaii Five O”)


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