SYNOPSIS: Decorated Iraq war hero Sgt. Brandon King
makes a celebrated return to his small Texas hometown
following his tour of duty. Brandon tries to resume the life
he left behind with the help and support of his family and
his best friend, Steve Shriver, who served with him in Iraq.
Alongside their war-time buddies, Brandon and Steve try to
make peace with civilian life. Then, against Brandon’s will,
the Army orders him back to duty in Iraq. This upends
Brandon’s entire world. The conflict into which he is thrown
tests everything he believes in: the bond of family, the
loyalty of friendship, the limits of love, and the value of
Military Clerk: Brandon Leonard King?
Brandon King: Yes.
Military Clerk: You have orders to report to the First
Brandon King: Not me, I'm gettin' out today.
Military Clerk: You leave on the 22nd, shipping back to
Iraq. You've been Stop-Lossed.
Can you imagine after having served honorably in the war and
completing your tour of duty full of violence and death,
barely surviving, to come back to the States expecting to be
able to stay home but instead receive orders to go back to
Iraq? That is what a stop loss is and that is what Brandon
King (Ryan Phillippe) is facing. Talk about a predicament.
Brandon decides to fight it and goes AWOL all the while
struggling with his decision, and what a tough decision to
make. While you and I are deciding what to wear the next day
or what to have for lunch, some brave souls are deciding to
fight for our country with honor risking their very lives.
This movie takes us on this challenging journey along with
Brandon. It is as powerful as it is emotional. It is as real
as it is thought-provoking. It is as well acted as it is
well cast. Many of you might think “Oh no, not another movie
about the war in Iraq”. I will tell you that out of the
collection of recent war related movies to come out, this
one is at the top or at least very near it. The film focuses
more on the soldiers and their many issues than the war
itself. This is a plus as it makes it less controversial.
Amongst the recent movies, it can probably be best compared
to In the Valley of Elah. The stories are quite different
but there are a lot of similarities.
War is hell. I believe the vast majority of us would agree
on that. However and unfortunately, many times in the
history of mankind, war is a necessary evil. The controversy
lies in who decides when it is necessary, for what reason,
and for how long. War changes a person. It is a state of
constant vigilance and constant violence. Unfortunately for
many, you can take the soldier away from the violence, but
you can’t take the violence away from the soldier. Even if
you bring them back home, back to their “regular” lives,
they will never be the same. This movie does an incredible
job of showing us all of these aspects of war through its
storyline and its characters. Its success also lies in the
praise worthy writing and directing done by Kimberly Peirce,
and the eye-opening performances delivered by the cast. Ryan
gives one of the best performances of his career, strong and
passionate. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is on a streak with some of
the demanding roles he has come across lately. Both Channing
Tatum and Abbie Cornish give career-defining performances.
Considering that it is a mostly young cast, they carried the
The cinematography helped with the overall effect of the
movie. You are taken through the streets of Iraq, the
streets of Texas, and the streets across these United
States. From the homes to the bars to the motel parking
lots, everything looked believable. Writer/Director Kimberly
Peirce (Boys Don’t Cry) has successfully reinforced her
talent with this moving piece. I could hear the sniffles in
the audience. One of the messages I got from Kimberly
through this production is at what point does a soldier say
“enough is enough”? If you saw In the Valley of Elah and
liked it, or if you can stomach another war movie, this one
is worth the watch (my new catch phrase instead of saying
Review By Cine Marcos
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This movie was extremely invasive in a
much needed way. I thought the acting
was at times sub par but the story was
flawless. I hope this movie opens up the
eyes of those who pretend the war is
just boys playing in a sandbox across
the world. I have a new found respect
for the veterans of the Iraq war.
The premise is based on a lie. EVERYONE
that joins the Army knows full well they
join for 8 years. Some active some
inactive. They are also told the Army
can keep you if they need you for the
full 8 years. It tells another lie as
well. He gets sent back too soon.
Kimberly Peirce (not the one i dated)
knows too little about the military to
tell this story.
Not to mention the lead is a criminal in
more ways than one. If you want to tell
an anti-war story AT LEAST get some fact
I thought the movie was very good. Great
story, great actors. I didn't like the
ending, looks like a compromise to me:
obviously the corporations ruling the US
would never accept anything that
encourages desertion. Which, BTW, is
exactly what every American soldier who
isn't a war criminal should consider...
But then again, the US isn't exactly a
I really liked the movie and it told a
great story. I think many people don't
realize that joining the service will
change you forever-no matter wher you
are living or what you are doing.
However, I found the end somewhat
unbelievable. He went through so much
grief to try and fight the re-enlistment
just to decide to go back. I thought it
was very much a "propaganda" ending.
I can say that movie is by far the best
movie ive seen because that is what
happened to me. I had so much things
that has happened to me and I went AWOL
as well now i didnt get Stop Lossed but
i did go AWOL. For a situation that dont
need to be discussed but that is what
happens and it really makes you think
because I missed so very much and i
forgot what was Important. And for me
its Serving. IM back in now and love it.
It was an excelent movie ! It opens
peoples eyes. On other review pages they
complained that about how the draft was
talked about, I feel we need men to step
up and take the places of other men
either voluntary or not.
I cannot believe anyone who claims to be
a supporter of our country’s fighting
men and women would have anything good
to say about this film. I can’t believe
how they make a movie about someone that
is going AWOL and running away from the
obligation that he has to his counry.
The thing that really sickens me about
this movie is that it makes him out to
be some sort of hero. Just because a
movie is about the military, doesn’t
necessarily mean that it sends a good
message, and this film is a direct
insult to every man and woman serving in
the armed forces.
The movie is good story-telling and
totally credible, considering the
outcome. One canot accuse it therefore
of having a political agenda, since it
plays out on both sides of the war
issue. The boys are beleaguered by
political and social forces that are
enormous and beyond their control and
comprehension. They are pawns in a
corrupt chess game. To speak of 'duty to
country' is such a scenario is
My 20-year old son is currently serving
in Iraq and that's why I hesitated going
to see this movie. But it was one of the
best movies I've ever seen. My son is in
the Air Force and don't know if he can
be "stop-lossed" or not. I'm just hoping
he'll be home in time for his 21st
birthday in June. So I hope all the
prayers that are being prayed for him
right now will help with that. I suggest
you go see this movie - - everyone needs
to see this version of the "war is hell"
truth in action.
I thought this movie was a very accurate
way of describing what young men are
going though in Iraq right now. Channing
and Ryan were amazing in the movie and i
think that this movie will affect many
lives because of the truth in the movie.
Everybody should see Stop loss it will
change your mind about what is going on
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Director: Kimberly Peirce
Writer: Neil Gaiman
Duration: 1hr 52mins
Staring: Ryan Phillippe
Distributor: PARAMOUNT PICTURES
R for graphic violence and pervasive
Release Date: March 28, 2007
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