Saturday, July 28, 2007

Channing Tatum's Movie 'Stop Loss' Sheds Light on the Harsh Realities of War

Like many of the war movies that will be coming out in the next year or so, Channing Tatum and Ryan Phillippe's highly-anticipated war drama, 'Stop Loss', was created to make people think twice about the US's involvement in the current war in Iraq by showing us the harsh realities of today's vets who return home from the war and the internal struggle that soldiers deal with when they are forced to return to duty even though they thought their tour was over.

The New York Times online recently published article on some of the films that will be coming out soon and in the article, we learn a little more about 'Stop Loss' and the contraversial timing of its release.

Here's a snippet of the article called 'While Real Bullets Fly, Movies Bring War Home'
by writer Michael Cieply:

...Other coming films also use the damaged Iraq veteran to raise questions about a continuing war. In “Grace Is Gone,” directed by James C. Strouse and due in October from the Weinstein Company, John Cusack and two daughters struggle with the loss of a wife and mother who is killed on duty. Kimberly Peirce’s “'Stop-Loss',” set for release in March by Paramount, meanwhile, casts Ryan Phillippe as a veteran who defies an order that would send him back to Iraq.

In the past, Hollywood usually gave the veteran more breathing space. William Wyler’s “Best Years of Our Lives,” about the travails of those returning from World War II, was released more than a year after the war’s end. Similarly Hal Ashby’s “Coming Home” and Oliver Stone’s “Born on the Fourth of July,” both stories of Vietnam veterans, came well after the fall of Saigon.

“Media in general responds much more quickly than ever before,” said Scott Rudin, a producer of “Stop-Loss.” “Why shouldn’t movies do the same?” He said his film was deliberately scheduled to be released in the middle of the presidential campaign season...

'Stop Loss' will have it's theatrical release in the US on March 28, 2008. Thanks JC for bringing this article to my attention.

Source: NYTimes.com

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