Thursday, April 23, 2009

Taking Chance

I don't usually say that a movie is a "must see" for everyone because individual tastes vary and subject matter is rarely appropriate for all. This movie is an exception. It is the true story of Marine Lieutenant Colonel Mike Strobl as he escorts the body of Lance Corporal Chance Phelps home. The movie was shown at this year's Sundance Film Festival and has been on HBO. A friend taped it so that I could watch it. I watched it twice yesterday.

It isn't a war movie. It isn't an anti-war movie. There are no gory scenes. If I recall correctly, there is no swearing other than when someone uses the word "shit" and apologizes for it. There are no sex scenes or suggestive dialogue.

If I had to give you one word to describe this movie, the word would be respect but honor or gratitude might be your first choices. The movie is scheduled for release on DVD on May 12. Most of you will need Kleenex, but don't let that warning stop you. It is not a depressing movie. It runs for approximately 80 minutes. It might be the best 80 minutes you've spent watching TV/DVD in ages.

1 comment:

andrea said...

sounds like a winner...can't wait to see it.