Moving, shocking, thought-provoking, true.
Sassoon finds himself in a catch-22 situation; either he withdraws his protest and feel guilty for the rest of his life that he failed in his attempt to turn the tide - or he keep at it, get labelled as a loony and have his future reputation ruined. At the psychiatric hospital Sassoon gets to see what really happens with shell-chock victims and the sometimes medieval techniques used to "cure" them in order to get them back to the front as soon as possible.
This movie is rather well made. The scenes at the front are so realistic that one wonders if the extras found mud where it isn't supposed to be any at the end of a gruelling day of shooting frontline footage. The lighting and the colour setting was so right for the scenes from the front to distinguish them from the lighter, safer ones at home.
The sombre message this movie conveys is very much alive today with all the wars going on: What really happens to the survivors that are no longer fit for fight?