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October 2007
DVD REVIEW
HOME OF THE BRAVE

By Kam Williams

DVD REVIEW
HOME OF THE BRAVE

 

Cast: Samuel L. Jackson, Eva Mendez, Brian Presley, Curtis Jackson, Jessical Biel, Chad Michael Murray, Suzanne Niles, Christina Ricci, Jon Bernthal, Ginger Ewing
Director: Irwin Winkler
Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
Language: English
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Number of discs: 1
Rating Rated for war violence and language.
Studio: MGM Home Entertainment
DVD Release Date: October 23, 2007
Run Time: 105 minutes

DVD Special Features:
Commentary from director Irwin Winkler, writer Mark Friedman and producer Rob Cowan
Deleted scenes (with optional commentary by Irwin Winkler, Mark Friedman and Rob Cowan):
- Soldiers get news they are returning home
- Vanessa and Cary get to know each other


   

 

Iraq War Drama Starring Samuel L. Jackson and 50 Cent Released on DVD

In 2003, Samuel L. Jackson announced he would no longer make movies co-starring rappers-turned-actors, because they’d been taking too much work from legitimate, classically-trained thespians. Despite his gallant defense of the profession, Sam has since appeared opposite plenty of hip-hoppers including such films as S.W.A.T. (LL Cool J and Eve) and xXx 2 (Ice Cube and Xzibit).

Here, he buddies-up with 50 Cent in an ensemble drama revolving around the challenging readjustment of Iraq War vets back to private life in the States. But first, the story opens overseas during a furious firefight in the desert in order to convey a sense of the daily ordeal which the soldiers have had to endure.

The film subsequently telescopes in on four physically and/or emotionally-fragile GIs with just two weeks left in their tour of duty. There’s Vanessa (Jessica Biel) who lost a hand to an improvised explosive device and was treated on the battlefield by Dr. Will Marsh (Jackson). Meanwhile, Jamal (Cent) has killed an innocent civilian and Tommy (Brian Presley) has been wounded and watched a pal die. So, it’s no surprise that upon their platoon’s return to Spokane, Washington, it’s just a matter of time before signs of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder start to kick in. Friends and relatives notice that their loved ones aren’t acting normal, and it falls to fatherly Dr. Marsh to offer some sage counsel, despite his own issues.

Unfortunately, Home of the Brave handles a serious subject with all the subtlety of a superficial John Wayne World War II flick. Will is given to delivering macho soliloquies romanticizing America’s role in the Middle East via simplistic analogies to the Revolutionary War like, “We’re trying to build a country. We did the same thing here a couple of hundred years ago.”

Patriotic claptrap masquerading as a touchy-feely salute to the troops.