The Yellow Birds

5.71 h 35 min2018X-RayR
HD. Two young soldiers develop a deep bond during deployment in the Iraq War before tragedy strikes their unit.
Alexandre Moors
Alden EhrenreichTye SheridanToni Collette
DramaMilitary and War
English [CC]
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EnglishEnglish [Audio Description]
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Supporting actors
Jason PatricJack HustonJennifer Aniston
Mark CantonJeffrey SharpCourtney Solomon
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4.0 out of 5 stars

347 global ratings

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  5. 11% of reviews have 1 stars
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HaystackReviewed in the United States on January 2, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
This movie is a dishonor to Army and Marine Corps infantrymen/women everywhere
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As a retired Marine Corps infantry officer, I found this mess of a movie a travesty and disgusting. Not every grunt who served in Iraq and Afghanistan have PTSD and in fact the vast majority do not!! To suggest that these two soldiers would dispose of their comrade in this way and not ensure that he received the preparation, ceremony, and return to his family that he deserved paints a disgraceful and false picture of what happens within infantry units. One star is far too high and further words are wasted on this horrible depiction. Don't watch, especially if you served, it will make you sick.
147 people found this helpful
brvynkyReviewed in the United States on November 24, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
Waste of time. Anything you pick to do will be better than watching this.
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This movie is so bad there’s not enough space to write all why. Implausible plot line, no military advisor so they just guessed, impossible conclusion.
53 people found this helpful
BryanReviewed in the United States on January 3, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
WTF, over.
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The filmmakers bviously couldn't be troubled to hire a military advisor even vaguely familiar with the Army, or they had some dbag with a phony resume that landed the job.

Too many issues to list. Painful to watch. Stopped after the first 15 minutes. Yes, I'm an Army Infantry combat veteran, Iraq War.
48 people found this helpful
James RosoneReviewed in the United States on June 21, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Iraq War Vets will relate to this movie
Wow that opening scene when the IDF alarm blares practically had me jump out of my seat. Having served 3.5 years in Iraq myself, I can relate to a lot of what this movie showed. I disagree with the other reviewers, I thought this was pretty decent in showing the mental struggles we went through while in Iraq and the terrible time a lot of us have had adjusting back to the civilian world afterwards. I suppose for those non-veterans it’s hard for them to relate to this, but I liked the movie. It did remind me a lot of the Hurt Locker. That sense of feeling lost, alone, and just not sure of which way is up or down. There are certainly worse movies you could rent but this isn’t one of them.
104 people found this helpful
Tky HunterReviewed in the United States on December 20, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
Sad example of Holywood VietNaming our Vets
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Producer trying to cash in on PTSD with poor story and overused melodrama to create a stereotypical combat Vet.
41 people found this helpful
ARDUINO S.Reviewed in the United States on December 7, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
way tooooo slow
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One goes through 95 minutes of slow scenes, slow dialogs, horrible excruciating music and unrealistic military attitude to get to a very improbable if not just flat out stupid conclusion
Toni Colette and Jennifer Aniston are to good to pick this kind of movies
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christopher t. curranReviewed in the United States on December 31, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
E for effort.
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This was a nice attempt at telling a realistic story. However, it wasn't. There were so many errors in detail it made this hard to watch. I truly believe there was no Military adviser on this set. Even Kevin Powers states that his book wasn't a first hand account of what happened to him. This is evident in the countless plot holes and story line that made no sense. Now, I'll not spoil it for anyone who hasn't seen this, but if you're looking for an accurate depiction on the Iraq GWOT, You've come to the wrong place. Disappointment doesn't even begin to describe this movie, and yes, I'm an Iraq/Afghanistan war Veteran.
23 people found this helpful
W.BReviewed in the United States on October 25, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Impressive movie and the plot unfolded as the story went on...
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I thought that the acting was excellent and the five stars are for realism...I am a Vietnam Vet and I remember incoming all too well...Jennifer Aniston did a remarkable job. What a brutal tale, but while I never condoned people that that went AWOL, in a land like that the enemy sees things much differently and their goal is to mess with your mind and in this case, trying to escape your mind go him brutally maimed...not put in a hospital or discharged for being AWOL.
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