After being granted a questionable transfer that will keep him stateside as his National Guard unit deploys for Iraq, Lieutenant Danny Sefton (Seth Gabel) becomes embroiled in a last minute AWOL attempt by one of his soldiers (Bow Wow) -- forcing him to choose between his loyalties to the fleeing soldier, his unit and his fiancé. (c) Xlrator Media
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Critic Reviews for Allegiance
An intermittently compelling but ultimately disappointing drama that loses track of its own point of view in favor of more generic storytelling.
The plot ticks along steadily, if predictably; but we've often seen these soldiers before.
Without its topical pretext and overzealous patriotism, Allegiance would be just another generic action film.
This well-acted debut feature from Michael Connors (a former Army captain) is too limited in ambition and scope to satisfy our expectations.
What, exactly, is the payoff for suffering through such painfully bad filmmaking for 93 minutes?
There's little insight here, but rather a generic cat-and-mouse scenario that progressively gets more far-fetched.
What begins as a drama devolves by the halfway point into an overly long chase film, which only grows more and more boring.
While it's refreshing to watch a military drama that doesn't rely on action, CGI or heavy-handed preaching as a means of entertainment, Allegiance ultimately bites off more than it can chew, lacks bite and feels a little undercooked.
I love when a movie creates an inherently dramatic situation and just lets it go. Sometimes plots try too hard. Allegiance just goes where the story takes it.
Allegiance's commitment to shades of gray translates into excellent opportunities for its cast, and they take full advantage.
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