A look at how Post Traumatic Stress Disorder affects American servicemen and women returning home from war.
|Release Date||:||October 26, 2017|
|Production Company||:||DreamWorks, Amblin Entertainment, Dune Films|
|Production Countries||:||United States of America|
|Director||:||Jason Hall, Scott Peterson|
|Writers||:||Jason Hall, David Finkel|
|Casts||:||Miles Teller, Haley Bennett, Joe Cole, Amy Schumer, Beulah Koale, Scott Haze, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Brad Beyer, Omar J. Dorsey, Kate Lyn Sheil, Hunter Burke, Erin Darke, Allison King, Dennis L.A. White, Deneen Tyler, Jayson Warner Smith, Sean P McGoldrick|
|Plot Keywords||:||post traumatic stress disorder, based on novel, biography, soldier, military, ptsd, war psychology|
'THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE': Four Stars (Out of Five)
A war biopic about U.S. soldiers returning home from service in Iraq, and trying to adapt to normal civilian life again. It was written and directed by actor turned first time filmmaker Jason Hall, and it's based on the non-fiction novel (of the same name) by David Finkel. The movie stars Miles Teller, Beulah Koale, Haley Bennett, Joe Cole, Scott Haze and Amy Schumer. It's received mostly positive reviews from critics, and it's also performed very modestly at the Box Office as well. I found it to be a pretty well made war drama, that effectively deals with the subject of PTSD.
The film begins with Sergeant Adam Schumann (Teller), Tausolo Aieti (Koale) and Will Waller (Cole) all returning home from Iraq. Schumann returns with severe depression, to his loving and supportive wife Saskia (Bennett), and their daughter. Waller also returns with severe mental issues, to find that his fiancée has left him with their daughter. Aieti returns to a pregnant wife, grateful to the military for what they've given him. We later learn that all three soldiers suffer from more horrendous PTSD issues than are even first apparent, and they quickly become life threatening for them to have to deal with.
The film is pretty dark and depressing, and it's also very hard to watch (at times) because of it. There's definitely very little humor in it, or even exciting war action scenes (if that's what you're looking for). I think this is a good thing though, because it allows the movie to focus solely on PTSD, and how it deeply changes our heroic soldiers. Teller is great in the lead (like always), and Koale (who I've never heard of before this) gives a more than decent supporting turn. Like I said, it's definitely not a fun time at the movies, by any measure, but it's also definitely worth checking out.