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This is a story that needs to be told.
Reviewed in the United States on April 7, 2015
I liked the message of this movie but was disappointed in the way the message was expressed. The acting was excellent, the ability was there to create a great movie. The weakness was character development. The plot kind of rolled along at a slow pace and the main character rolled along with it. There was little insight as to his psyche or thoughts, you just sort of observe him in various situations. Perhaps this was part of the production intent, to show how these returning soldiers are overlooked by society. It seems, for this particular story, that more insight into this man's mind or some dialogue to draw the viewer to him would make for a more powerful experience. It is an important message the movie tells and I think that drawing more empathy from the viewers would have made this an unforgettable movie. As it was, I was left wishing I knew more about the main character than what the movie told. As I previously stated, perhaps this was what we were meant to feel. For me, it weakened the film. All in all, I would recommend it. It is a story that needs to be told and the acting and cinematography are both very good.