My grandfather was a Marine in the Pacific campaign and he died before I joined the military so this was especially emotional for me. Although my grandfather served in the Pacific islands, I was deployed to Ar Ramaadi in 2006. It is true that one must share his experiences and the more traumatic, the more imperative the sharing. Hopefully more films like this will be made so that OIF/OEF veterans will not be bullied by hostile public and press into keeping everything bottled up.
If you believe that any war movie that does not out right support Al Quaida and the Nazis is "right wing" or "conservative" than this movie is not for you. Don't watch it if you automatically despise any war movie that does not defecate on the memory of our heroes. One would wonder why you would even entertain the idea of watching a movie called "Memorial Day" unless you hoped it was by Michael Moore.
This move is not about politics and the line repeated at the end about animals reflects the sentiments of psychologist Lt. Col. Grossman who is anything but conservative. The film is about the shrinking minority of Americans who volunteer to fight and die to protect us from the tyranny of evil men. It is about suffering, love, and courage not only in battle, but in sharing one's terrifying experiences. The acting is not poor and the flashbacks are not hard to follow at all, making one wonder again what some other reviewers were smoking/ingesting/injecting.
There were only a few inconsistencies as the main character was out of uniform toward the end and his grandfather failed to clear a pistol handed to him and proceeded to place his finger within the trigger guard.
This is the first movie to my knowledge that honors the average combat infantryman of the second gulf war and it is adequate in the anticipation of more.