Thursday, March 20, 2008

NEW Review, Photos, and Video for Channing Tatum's 'Stop-Loss'

There are a ton of new photos and interviews coming out right now, since Channing Tatum's highly-anticipated drama 'Stop-Loss' will hit theaters next Friday on March 28, 2008.

As not to overwhelm everyone with a bunch of small posts every few minutes, I am going to try to combine together some of the information that I find into larger articles.

In this post you will find the following:

First off, here's the great Rolling Stone review:

Starring: Ryan Phillippe, Abbie Cornish, Channing Tatum, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ciaran Hinds

Directed by: Kimberly Peirce

Rating: 3.5 of 4 Stars

Here's the first major movie of the new year that touches greatness, and damn if there isn't a curse hanging over it. Stop-Loss, directed with ferocity and feeling by Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don't Cry), is up against the war raging between audiences and films about Iraq. Box-office casualties last year include Lions for Lambs, Rendition, Redacted, Grace Is Gone and the unfairly scorned In the Valley of Elah.

Stop-Loss has the juice to break the jinx. The emotional battlefield on which Peirce paints her canvas strikes a universal chord that transcends politics and preaching. Peirce, who co-wrote the script with Mark Richard, takes us inside the minds and hearts of soldiers who enlisted after 9/11. Why? "To get the people who had done this," in the words of Peirce, whose brother joined a unit attached to the 82nd Airborne. At first, Peirce thought of making a documentary about the trauma faced by men and women in military service who struggle to re-enter civilian life after duty in Iraq. She was struck hard by a story told by her brother about a soldier who'd done his time and been stop-lossed by the Army. The term refers to the involuntary extension of a soldier's enlistment contract. It turns out nearly 81,000 have been sent back into battle multiple times with no recourse — class-action lawsuits routinely fail — except to go AWOL. Using fictional characters, Peirce decided to craft a film about the lives of soldiers and their families living in a ghost world created by questionable government policy.

Some have already accused Stop-Loss of glorifying desertion. Bull. The film is a powder keg with no agenda except the human one. Ryan Phillippe stars as Sgt. Brandon King, just returned home to Brazos, Texas, with his childhood buddy Sgt. Steve Shriver (Channing Tatum). No matter how they try to eradicate the images of ambush that run in their heads, the men find their terror manifested in bar fights and bad dreams. Their friend Tommy Burgess (the superb Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is coming apart without the outlet war gave his violent, alcoholic nature. He opens fire on the gifts he and wife Jeanie (Mamie Gummer) receive at their wedding. Steve is waking up at night to dig a foxhole, much to the distress of his fiancée, Michele (Abbie Cornish). And Brandon, living with supportive parents (Linda Emond and Ciarán Hinds), loses it when he's ordered back to Iraq. His decision to desert stuns Steve, as does Michele's decision to aid Brandon in his escape to Canada. The scenes of AWOL soldiers and their families living in an underground that extends across the country are the soul of the film.

None of this would work if Peirce hadn't inspired her crew to push the envelope. Cinematographer Chris Menges, a poet of natural light, performs miracles of visual design. All the actors are exceptional. Phillippe (Flags of Our Fathers, Breach) is a dynamo, and indelibly moving when he catches Brandon in the act of discovering himself. Watch for the scene at a military hospital where he visits wounded comrade Rico Rodriguez (a knockout Victor Rasuk) and learns a hardcore lesson. Tatum (Step Up, A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints) excels by going beyond the call of hunk duty to find the demons tormenting Steve. His fistfight with Brandon at a cemetery locates the film's grieving heart. The most surprising performance comes from Cornish, the Aussie actress best known for her junkie turn opposite Heath Ledger in Candy. Female roles are usually marginal in war movies, but Cornish — working in tandem with Peirce — makes Michele a compassionate warrior who may be torn between two lovers but holds no doubt about the moral ground on which she stands. There's not an ounce of Hollywood fakery in Cornish — she's the real deal. So's the movie. And so is Peirce. It's been nine years since she debuted with Boys Don't Cry, but her empathy with society's outsiders is undiminished and fills every frame of Stop-Loss. Even when the script slips into sentiment, Peirce sticks with her troubled, questing soldiers, and through this raw and riveting movie, they stick with us.

You can also check out a new video interview from MTV below where Channing talks about how "soldiers have to check their politics at the door" when fighting in war.

You can CLICK HERE to read the entire article and to see interviews from Channing's castmates and friends Ryan Phillippe and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

Last, but certainly not least, here are all of the gorgeous new photos of Channing from a 'Stop-Loss' press conference that was held at the Four Seasons Hotel this past Sunday (March 16, 2008) in Beverly Hills, California. Enjoy!!!

As they say on the info-mercials..."But WAIT, there's more!". As a bonus, you can CLICK HERE to check out 10 newly-posted video clips of scenes from the movie 'Stop-Loss' at IESB.net. FYI...You may want to start with clip #5. ;-)

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NazK said...

MTV Vid ''Copyrights restrict us from playing this video outside the US''

NO FAIR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dey reli lyk torturin non-US residents >:(

Anonymous said...

OH MY! I can hardly contain myself! As if I wasnt excited enough to see this film...now with all the HOT new pics and videos and movie clips....I definitly cant stand the wait any longer!! BTW, Im lovin clip 5 with Chan in his undies!! HOT HOT HOT!


Marlie said...

OMG my bday came early this yr XD LOL!!

and naz they really hate you guys over there in the uk..first with step up 2 and now this. You are in the wrong country hun... lol

erin said...

these pics and clips are AMAZING!

Alex said...

...I think I'm in love all over again. That's it! I'm now making a sign that says "Chan, Marry Me" and walking around in a suit just in case I run into him sometime.

Anonymous said...

I have nothing against these actors but from just seeing the previews and reading about this, I feel this does not truly represent the Army at all. I am a Soldier in the Army about to go on my second deployment in as many years...people don't realize that when you sign up for the Army, you do your initial enlistment and then you have another four years of IRR (inactive ready reserve) which means even after you get out, you can get called back. I was going to be stop lossed but I reenlisted because the Army has given me so much and there is so much more to give back...