MovieRob’s Birthday Bash of Favorites 2021 (#31 of 48) – Taking Chance (2009) – Encore Review 2


January is my birthday month, so I decided that I would try and do something quite unique and special for this milestone in my life. I will be turning 47, so I decided to watch 48 (47+1 for good luck) of my all time favorite movies in a random order over the course of this month.  I have reviewed every one of these films already, but I will now give new perspectives on them all. Every one of these films received a 10/10 scoring from me.  Some of these reviews will contain spoilers so if you have never seen them before, I recommend that you read some of my previous reviews of the film that were spoiler free before reading on…

Hope you enjoy!

This is film #31 of the 48.

Let’s continue with… 

Initial Viewing Memories – Saw this film right after it came out and have always felt humbled and mesmerized by the story and the way it unfolds.

Number of Times Seen – 4 (12 Apr 2009, 8 Jun 2014, 25 Jul 2016 and 19 Jan 2021)

Link to original reviewHere and Here

Brief Synopsis – A Marine officer volunteers to escort the body of a fallen soldier from his home state and has a life changing experience along the way.

My Take on it – Amazing film that is able to give us a perfect look at the way that fallen solders are treated by both the armed forces and by civilians who they encounter along the way. Kevin Bacon s superb in the lead role and helps make things feel so much more realistic and powerful through his performance. The film is slightly less than 9 minutes, and I love the fact that they felt that there was no need to try and pad things at all. The story is simple one, yet it is presented in such a poignant and profound way that resonates no matter how often one watches it.  The story takes place in 2004 and when this film was made in 2009, no one expected that the war in Iraq would still be continuing more than 12 years later. The way that this film deals with handling the subject matter is superb and remain so powerful even after so many years. Highly Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Lieutenant Colonel Mike Strobl, a Desert Storm veteran, says he decided against another combat tour largely because of his young family. But he was conflicted, and joined the many military personnel who volunteered for escort duty as Iraqi war deaths escalated. Strobl’s week-long trip accompanying Phelps’ body from a Delaware military mortuary to burial in Wyoming, provides Taking Chance’s poignant emotional context. Strobl shared his twenty-page journal of the trip with friends and co-workers, and it eventually spread virally to military blogs and the media. It was quickly green-lit for filming after surfacing at HBO, which has become a major outlet for war-related programming, both documentary and dramatized, with miniseries and films such as Generation Kill (2008), Alive Day Memories: Home From Iraq (2006), Section 60: Arlington National Cemetery (2008), and Last Letters Home: Voices of American Troops From the Battlefields of Iraq (2004). (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)

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