Overall Rank: 7709
Average Rating: 2.5/4
# of Ratings: 47
Theatrical Release Date: 03/28/2008
Genre: Drama, War
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Kimberly Peirce
Actors: Ryan Phillippe, Abbie Cornish, Channing Tatum, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Rob Brown, Timothy Olyphant
Plot: A semi documentary about fictional characters who have decided to leave the military at the end of their required tour. They are stopped short based on a bill that allows the military to send enlisted men back on another tour. The lead character takes flight and he is left with serious decisions and repercussions about his friends and family.
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Snoogans - wrote on 02/18/2011
Story and characters feel real, for the first part of the film, but after our main character becomes a fugitive the movie lost direction and I lost interest. It points out the issue and then side-steps it.
patjohnson76 - wrote on 11/30/2008
I liked what this movie tried to do, as I think the stop-loss program our military does is a horrible policy. I just wish this film had stuck to that idea more rather than try to dramatize it with a man-on-the-run-who's-a-little-crazy story, along with trying to show the psychological impact war has on soldiers. It's a noble effort, but by trying to make both an important political film and a psychological drama, the film loses its way. I do think Ryan Phillippe is one of today's under-appreciated actors, and he does well here.
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Lee - wrote on 02/12/2013
I'm not sure why however in every media you look up this film, everyone seems to state that it's a semi- documentary? Documentaries rarely use actors and are all real events..no? Well even though i had seen this before and noticed i hadn't posted either a review or ranking here on FC so let's take care of that shall we? the thing i enjoyed the most about this film was that not only did it suffice my war film cravings for a bit it deploys a very important message that i'm quite certain alot of people are unaware of and that is the subject that is also the title of this film 'Stop-loss'.
Stop-loss is the military term for the Us government to re-use soldiers (Without informing them ahead of time) and redeploy them in said country without giving them much choice in the matter no …
Franz Patrick - wrote on 09/14/2008
I appreciate Kimberly Peirce for making a pretty effective film about a policy that is (unfortunately) not familiar to a lot of Americans: stop-loss. Basically, stop-loss involuntarily extends a soldier’s service even if his or her contract has ended. Ryan Phillippe continues to add another serious film in his repertoire and he’s effective here as a soldier who doesn’t want to go back to Iraq. He owns every scene he’s in because you can see in his eyes that determination of wanting to live his own life after serving in the military. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Channing Tatum also did a great job portraying soldiers that took different paths. The film started off well–the scenes in the battlefield is nothing short of gripping. Unfortunately, the picture became a little unfocused …
GeminiSixty6 - wrote on 03/30/2008
I really enjoyed this film. I went into it knowing that it was going to be more pure entertainment than war preaching like "In the Valley of Elah" was. I thought all the performances were good, but my only complaint about the acting comes in the cemetery scene after Tommy (played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt) kills himself. When Bradon (Ryan Phillippe) and Steve (Channing Tatum) start there yelling match in the cemetery I just felt like that was a little rushed and forced on the actors parts.
Director Kimberly Peirce did a wonderful job on this film. In no time at all I was engaged and felt some stronge emotion for these characters. It had a meaningful plot, good action, and some good humor scenes. I enjoyed myself all the way up the end. If you do not want to be spoiled then I …
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