Posted on 2/08/13 09:43 AM
This is a film written by and for old school alcoholics. Period. It is well crafted, acted, and directed - except for its fatal flaw. The resolution suggests that Captain Whitaker must go to a Federal penitentiary to pay for his drug and alcohol addiction. When ever did imprisonment heal a chemical dependency disease? When we KNOW that prison environments breed violence, hate, anger, dysfunction. Bob Zemeckis and Gatins are smarter than this. It flies in the face of ALL we know about drug and alcohol addiction.
Had the lead character been an U.S. infantry soldier in Afghanistan who carried ten men out of a hellacious firefight, but had coke and alcohol in his blood - will the Army put him in a Federal prison - or a qualified drug and alcohol treatment program??? This film succumbs to religious orthodoxy as incoherent as hatred of same sex relationships. Fail.