The Dry Land (2010)
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Williams draws upon countless earlier dramas without adding anything fresh or memorable to the discussion.
Sincere performances elevate an underdeveloped script and awkward filmmaking.
Writer-director Ryan Piers Williams seems to be diligently working through a checklist of returning-warrior-movie clichés.
Audience Reviews for The Dry Land
An interesting look at PTSD that never manages to be engaging. I admire the attempt to create something that can inform viewers, but I was any engaged every now and again. Wilmer Valderrama is surprisingly effective, and Ryan O'Nan is well-cast as a depressive Iraq war vet, but the film doesn't really manage to connect on a level that doesn't feel like a sappy indie weeper.
another soldier returns fron traq with PTSD and other issues and tries 2 readjust to life in the states clear rating
Cast: Ryan O'Nan, America Ferrera, Wilmer Valderrama, Jason Ritter, Melissa Leo, Ethan Suplee, June Diane Raphael, Sasha Spielberg, Evan Jones, Ana Claudia Talancón, Benito Martinez, Barry Shabaka Henley, Diego Klattenhoff Director: Ryan Piers Williams Summary: Upon returning after his tour of duty, an American war vet (Ryan O'Nan) grapples with repressed memories from his experiences in Iraq and the everyday mundanities of his home life -- dealing with his isolation by embarking on a road trip with an Army buddy (Wilmer Valderrama). This intense drama, which also stars Jason Ritter and America Ferrera, takes a head-on approach to confronting the conflicted emotions of the modern warrior. My Thoughts: "It's an intense indie film about the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder. This movie is sad. The things these soldiers go through is unimaginable to most of us. Ryan O'Nan was the star of this, and he was believable and honest as James. Great supporting cast as well. There are some really heavy scenes. The ending especially. It was pretty intense and you really didn't know which way it was going to end. Just a good film. Some probably won't like it, but I hope more see it."
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