Saving Jessica Lynch (2003)


“Two years Dad. It’ll be over before you know it.” – Pfc Jessica Lynch

Number of Times Seen – Twice (22 Aug 2004 and 26 Apr 2020)

Brief Synopsis – Teleplay of the story of the rescue of the first female POW in Iraq.

My Take on it – This is a film about a story that I recall when it actually happened.

I remember hearing how heroic and courageous the battle was where Jessica Lynch and her comrades were ambushed, and the daring rescue to bring her home.

Unfortunately, the reality of what actually happened is much more boring to tell as a movie instead of as a news article.

The story is told in a really simple way and there is very little suspense in the way that things play out.

None of the characters including Lynch herself are developed at all and this leaves the story this in a place where it’s quite difficult to care about any of them or what will happen.

This was a very groundbreaking story when it occurred, but it doesn’t translate well to the screen at all no matter how hard they try here.

Even veteran and experienced actors like Michael Rooker and Mark Moses fail to help make things more interesting to watch because every one of the character feel like caricatures instead of something much more than that.

This movie came out just a few months after the events and that in and of itself is quite impressive despite the fact that the film isn’t very interesting to watch unfold.

Bottom Line – Really boring story that fails to really work because there isn’t any real suspense. They don’t develop any of the characters enough (including the title character) and it doesn’t really make us care about what happens to any of them. The story itself was groundbreaking at the time, but when looking at the way things are presented here in retrospect the story is pretty boring.  The acting is pretty wooden here and even experienced actors like Mark Moses and Michael Rooker aren’t able to make this any more interesting.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In the promos for the movie that NBC would run at the bottom the screen during other shows, the title of the movie, “Saving Jessica Lynch” can be seen first in Arabic that morphs into English. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (3/10)

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