Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Stop-Loss

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Stop-Loss

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STOP-LOSS

Directed by Kimberly Peirce (Paramount, 2008)

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Five years and more than 4,000 U.S. deaths after the president declared "mission accomplished" the American public is discouraged, distracted, and dispirited by the war in Iraq, eager to move on but unable to imagine an exit strategy.

In her new pro-soldier, antiwar drama about returning veterans equally unable to escape the snares of the endless war in Iraq, director Kimberly Peirce may have crafted just the sort of war story American audiences would be willing to watch.

Returning home to Texas after his second tour in Iraq, Staff Sgt. Brandon King (Ryan Phillippe) is a leader other soldiers want to serve under. Tough, decisive in battle, and attentive to his troops, King has served his country with distinction and suffered particularly devastating losses. Now, like Ulysses, he wants to hang up his weapons and pack away the disturbing memories into a tight box in the back of his mind. …

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