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Fort Bliss (2014)

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Written, Directed, and Produced by Claudia Myers Starring: Michelle Monaghan, Ron Livingston, Manolo Cardona, Gbenga Aikinnagbe, Emmanuelle Chriqui, and Pablo Schreiber Decorated U.S. Army medic and single mother Maggie Swann (Michelle Monaghan) returns home from an extended tour of duty in Afghanistan to discover the bond with her five-year-old son has been broken. As she struggles to reclaim his affection, life after deployment is made more difficult by her persistent memories of Afghanistan. When news of another deployment threatens the fragile balance she has achieved, she must find a way to reconcile her duties as a mother and her obligations as a soldier. (C) Phase 4

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Cast

Michelle Monaghan
as Staff Sergeant Maggie Swann
Gbenga Akinnagbe
as Sergeant Butcher
Freddy Rodriguez
as Captain Garver
Pablo Schreiber
as Staff Sergeant Donovan
John Savage
as Mike Swann
Dash Mihok
as Staff Sergeant Malcolm
Michael Sirow
as Sergeant Morrison
Drew Garrett
as Specialist Cook
Luis Bordonada
as Specialist Diaz
Jacob Browne
as First Sergeant Killens
Richard White
as Sergeant Roth
Travis Wilson
as Captain Gresko
Nathan Buck
as First Class Hurley
William Osbourne
as Specialist Stoddner
Pam Trotter
as Beth Ann
Kyle Butler
as Sergeant Williams
Brian Ceely
as Specialist Vincent
Raymond Segura
as Specialist Martini
Phillip Marshall Tyler
as Army Neighbor #1
Andres Perez-Molina
as Army Neighbor #2
Andrew Mazeika
as Unit Commander
Indrani Rauth
as Afghan Woman #2
Joseph Buccino
as Army Translator
Edmund J. Curry
as Guitar Soldier
Nicholas A. Bamper
as TCP Soldier #1
Octavio Collazo
as TCP Soldier #2
Daryl Stevens
as Deployed Soldier
Ellen Guffey
as Female Soldier
Joseph Barone
as Drunk Soldier
Arturo Salas
as Mariachi Bandido
Leo Garcia
as Mariachi Bandido
Arnie Barrera
as Mariachi Bandido
Luca Pedroni
as Boy in Daycare
Addison Ozols
as Girl in Daycare
Strider Ellis
as Paul Double
Tree O'Toole
as Maggie Double
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Critic Reviews for Fort Bliss

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (10)

Fort Bliss is a small film, but it addresses big issues, in ways that are never simplistic or dogmatic.

October 17, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
Philadelphia Inquirer
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"Fort Bliss" joins "Coming Home" and "The Best Years of Our Lives" as a movie deeply in sync, not just with the military characters it depicts, but also with the civilian world that awaits them with such confoundingly mixed messages.

September 25, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
Washington Post
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[A] well-observed and endearing account of one woman grappling with allegiances to her fellow soldiers and her estranged 5-year-old son.

September 22, 2014 | Full Review…
Hollywood Reporter
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Maggie's agonizing zero-sum struggle to balance a life of military service and a steady relationship with her son feels fresh, raw, and real.

September 22, 2014 | Full Review…
Slate
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[Myers] is good at capturing the revealing, offhand moments in this story, but Maggie's conflicts about motherhood and the military needed a greater psychological scope than this film provides.

September 19, 2014 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
Christian Science Monitor
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Even when the plotting feels strained or inauthentic, the Asche & Spencer score a mite too insistent, Monaghan's performance rings true.

September 19, 2014 | Full Review…
Variety
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Audience Reviews for Fort Bliss

½

There was no ending....let's face it every story needs an end.

Nikki Meroney
Nikki Meroney

Super Reviewer

½

In "Fort Bliss," Staff Sergeant Maggie Swann(Michelle Monaghan) arrives back in the states, the day after saving a soldier's life from an IED ambush in Afghanistan. But instead of the emotional reunion she was expecting with her five year old son Paul(Oakes Fegley), her ex-husband Richard(Ron Livingston) shows up late without him. At least, he brings the jumper cables that are necessary to start her car. In any case, Paul seems rather attached to Alma(Emmanuelle Chriqui), Richard's younger girlfriend, which is a situation Maggie desperately wants to rectify. While not the definitive statement on life in the military, "Fort Bliss" is still a thoughtful character study that benefits greatly from an excellent and sincere performance from Michelle Monaghan.(On the other hand, Ron Livingston is definitely miscast.) In other words, it is about somebody who has found her role in the army which is not for everyone. At the same time in a movie that is very much concerned with memory, Maggie has to work to insure that her son will never forget her.

Walter M.
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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