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Badland (2007)

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Jerry is a Marine reservist who was a young patriot and idealist when he served in the first Gulf War. But when he is called up for deployment to Afghanistan and Iraq, Jerry is a father of three; older and embittered by a life besieged by broken promises, and unfulfilled desires. Jerry returns a changed man, transformed by horrors committed that go beyond comprehension and sanity, pain inflicted that cannot be forgiven. He lives a life of poverty, his children afraid of his unexplained outbursts of rage, his wife, Nora, unsympathetic to the nosebleeds and night terrors he suffers. She hides money her sons earn from their paper route in case they need to leave. Their crowded trailer home becomes a prison. His failure as a man, his actions as a soldier, is the punishment which they share. He realizes that the respect and dignity he has spent his life trying to achieve will always elude him. When Jerry discovers that Nora has betrayed him, his anger and despair drive him to commit an act so heinous and irreversible that nothing he has experienced in combat could have prepared him for. "Badland" is examines the aftermath of war on a returning Iraq war veteran and his family. It is the story of a man who loses his soul and how a daughter's love and faith brings redemption to his unspeakable crimes.

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Tom Carey
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Critic Reviews for Badland

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (7)

The mawkish yet weirdly mesmerizing film Badland is independent in scale but aggressively Hollywood in storytelling.

November 30, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
New York Times
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The year's dullest movie has arrived: the deeply silly Badland, which is as dead as winter and twice as long.

November 30, 2007 | Rating: .5/4 | Full Review…
New York Post
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Possibly the worst idea for a movie this century.

November 30, 2007 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
New York Daily News
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Expertly constructed and beautifully photographed, Badland easily sustains its 160-minute running time, and the portrayals of Draven, a British actor, and 9-year-old Fulton can stand alongside the year's best.

November 30, 2007 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…
Los Angeles Times
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The raw material would seem to be in place for a strong, moving contemporary tragedy, but scene after endless scene fails to come to life.

November 30, 2007 | Full Review…
Variety
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When the picture gets around to its calculated socko ending, the viewer has long been pummeled into a state of numbness.

November 30, 2007
Hollywood Reporter
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Audience Reviews for Badland

An ex vet kills his wife & 2 kids then goes to kill his daughter but the gun jams so he takes her on the run.Seems like 1/2 the time were suppose to feel sorry for him or something.I watched the movie just hoping he was gonna die a horrible death or something in the end

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