Thank You For Your
by Tony Medley
Runtime 108 minutes
Hall, who directed the outstanding war/apre-war drama
American Sniper (2014),
has done it again with this tense, gut-wrenching true story of what it’s
like for U.S. servicemen returning from action in the war-torn Middle
East and trying to resume a normal life. This sympathetically details
the causes of and battles with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and
the strains put on wives who try to cope. Eye-opening, it’s extremely
well-directed and written with exceptional acting by a fine cast.
Based on the
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Finkel. about the Army’s 2nd
Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, home from Iraq, it follows them back
to Topeka, Kansas—into what the author calls the “after-war.” The book
and film examine the traumas faced by U.S. soldiers, including the
epidemic of suicides of returning servicemen and the horrors faced by
them when they try to get help from the VA.
The outstanding cast is headed by Miles Teller who plays Adam Shumann in
an affecting performance. He is joined by Haley Bennett as his wife and
mother of two, Saskia. She gives an equally sensitive performance
fluctuating between frustration and compassion as she searches for
common ground with her suffering husband.
As effective is Beulah Koaloe, playing Solo,
who has advanced symptoms of PTSD as a result of his experiences and his
guilt about what happened in Iraq.
Even normally foul-mouthed comedienne Amy Schumer gives a good
performance as Amanda Doster, the widow of one of the soldiers in the
squad. She can be appealing when she cleans up her act as she does here.
The key line in the movie, however, is spoken near the end by Scott
Haze, who plays Michael Emory, the survivor of a devastating sniper’s
bullet to his brain. It captures the hope that is sometimes hidden by
the mental devastation caused by PTSD.
This is a brilliant film with realistic battle scenes at the beginning
and important revelations that finally leaving the battle and returning
home is actually just the beginning for our brave warriors, rather than
the end of the strife.