Saving Jessica Lynch

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NBC wasted precious little time in offering up a TV-movie adaptation of one of the first truly uplifting stories of the Iraq War. Saving Jessica Lynch stars Laura Regan as the title character, a 19-year-old army private with the 507th Ordinance Maintence Company. On March 23, 2003, Jessica is captured by Iraqi insurgents after the rest of her platoon is wiped out in a roadside bombing not far from Al Nasiryah. Curiously, Jessica doesn't get all that much screen time: The primary focus is on the rescue efforts mounted by a group of Army Rangers and Navy SEALS, with special emphasis bestowed upon Mohammed Al-Raheif (Nicholas Guilak), the courageous Iraqi man who shielded the captured woman from harm while she lay wounded in an enemy hospital (it should surprise no one that the script is based on Al-Raheif's own book, Because Each Life Is Precious. An inordinate amount of poetic license is taken with the events surrounding Jessica's rescue, with a plethora of ridiculous coincidences and serial-like thrills and chills thrown in to pep up the story. To her credit, the real Jessica Lynch herself neither authorized nor promoted the film, which first aired November 9, 2003.

Cast

Laura Regan
as Pvt. Jessica Lynch
Nicholas Guilak
as Mohammed Al-Rahaief
Crystle Lightning
as Lori Piestewa
Lina Patel
as Dr. Hamida
Brent Sexton
as Greg Lynch Sr.
Denice Lee
as Specialst Shoshana Johnson
Amy Jones
as Dee Lynch
Benjamin King
as Sergeant Dowdy
Reed Frerichs
as Pvt. Dale Nace
Rafael Tamayo
as Hernandez
Navid Negahban
as Fedayeen Colonel
Dak Rashetta
as Sgt. James Riley
Brent Anderson
as Capt. Troy King
Michael Rooker
as Commander Curry
Oliver Tull
as Sgt. George Buggs
Josh Berry
as Spec. Edward Anguiano
Donny Boaz
as PFC Patrick Miller
Mark Nutter
as Command Sgt. Maj
Frank Harvey
as Cpl. Harris
Federico Dordei
as Dr. Karim
Lauren Wenzel
as Brandi Lynch
Robert McCollum
as Greg Lynch Jr.
Dameon Clarke
as Ranger Harper
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All Critics (2) | Top Critics (1)

  • Aside from a single hint that the president of the United States is watching the rescue with interest, Saving Jessica Lynch... has nothing fresh to add to the story, and even omits to mention how the Pentagon played the press the first time around.

    Jan 29, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Handsomely produced and legitimately emotional at points, "Saving Jessica Lynch" isn't a great film, but it is decent.

    May 3, 2019 | Full Review…

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