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Bit slow good acting but
I'm not sure how much of this is true, it is said to be the true story of a soldier who was thought to have died in the Falklands War but reappeared suffering from amnesia after the war had ended and his memorial service was held. His return to his family and the Army are followed, and his changed relationship with both are explored. The film is let down by some poor acting, very little of it seemed convincing which was a pity as sit should have asked interesting questions about young men fighting in wars, and fear.
Typical war drama which seems very dated now that there have been many carbon copies. The "Regimental Bath" was very well filmed, but without the sting in neither the direction nor the script, this was nothing more than half decent.
Sadly, this now looks a bit dated, as it covers ground that has been done better. Nevertheless, as paul Greengrass' first film it holds some interest, as it's nicely put together and there are some good performances from the supporting cast.
Best of all is the central performance from a very thin and wiry David Thewlis, looking like he stepped out of Mike Leigh's 'Naked' and into his army uniform. He's unsettling and alienated, hard to like because his story doesn't make sense, it's too complicated to accept compared to the 'easier' version that he had been killed. He drifts through the film like a ghost, resurrected but quite possibly better off dead.
His friends can't understand what happened to him, nor how he has been traumatised. His regiment can't accept him back, his presence seems to undermine morale. And so the homecoming hero is abandoned.
(it's not a comedy)
wow umn just seen this movie 4 the 1st time n think that this is a good movie 2 watch....its got a good cast of actors/actressess thorughout this movie.....i think that tom bell, rita tushingham, david thewlis, rudi davies, michael pollitt play good roles/parts thorughout this movie....i think that the director of this action/drama movie had done a great job of directing this movie because you never know what 2 expect throguhout this movie its a really powerful drama movie 2 watch its a great movie with a great cast thorughout this movie
Introverted story of a solidier outcast and the failing society around him. It's a low-key affair throughout, but one that enhances the style of the film.
One of director Paul Greengrass's (Bourne sequels / United 93) early films, this deals with a soldier, presumed dead in the Falklands war who it turns out survived in the mountains for 7 weeks before finding his way to safety. The films strongest moments deal with Deakin's relationship with his grieving family and girlfriend, and the difficulties he has facing normal life after such a confusing and traumatic situation. Thewlis is terrific at conveying the confusion and mass of emotions. More heavyhanded and perhaps a bit too one dimensional are the army characters and the thuggish violence he suffers from his fellow soldiers who accuse him of deserting his regiment in the face of danger. The film wisely never really reveals the truth behind Deakins story, leaving the viewer, like Kevin Deakin with the emotional aftermath rather than the facts.
The idea for this film is quite an interesting one; a soldier presumed dead returns weeks later, after a memorial service has been held and his family have long since begun the grieving process, save for his mother-in-denial. But once he has returned, having been welcomed back and rehabilitated back into the forces, he starts to suffer not only from post-traumatic stress disorder but abuse from his army peers, regarding the whereabouts of a fellow soldier. I can see what the film was aiming for - how war itself is the real enemy - but it tried to convey this by making Thewlis' surrounding soldiers total twats, unnecessarily aggressive without depth or function. The film resolved itself somehow, but it suffered throughout from underwritten characters and an anti-war pretension that expresses itself in such an abstruse way. The extra half star goes to Thewlis for his good performance despite the circumstances.