Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

Genre:  Drama, War | Running Time:  112 min.
Release date: November 18, 2016
DVD/Blu-Ray: February 14, 2017

Current rating: Rating: 3.09
based on 32 votes and 5 reviews
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Cast: Kristen Stewart, Chris Tucker, Garrett Hedlund, Steve Martin, Vin Diesel, Joe Alwyn

Synopsis

Billy Lynn (Joe Alwyn), 19, is sent home to Texas after a heroic act in Iraq. Along with seven fellow soldiers, they go on a two week "Victory Tour" of the States.

As the tour unfolds, Billy increasingly becomes more disenchanted with how war heroes are treated. Through various flashbacks, culminating at the halftime show of a Thanksgiving Day football game with a performance by Destiny's Child, we discover secrets from Billy's past and exactly what happened to Billy and his Bravo Squad while in Iraq.

His sister Kathryn (Kristen Stewart) notices that Billy has signs of PTSD and tries to convince him to seek help, but he's torn between taking her advice, or upholding his image as a "hero," which means returning to Iraq.

Based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Ben Fountain.

Director: Ang Lee
Studio: Columbia Pictures
Screenplay: Jean-Christophe Castelli, Ben Fountain

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  • 3 stars "See this movie for a number of reasons: finding out what is on Ang Lee's mind these days. An early look at new technology (120fps). Righteous treatment of post traumatic stress disorder, keeping in mind the destructive effects on young men and poor access to treatment. And also a consideration of the legitimacy of the Iraq war, and why soldiers re-enlist. There is somewhat of a mismatch between technology and narrative and a drawing out of scenes to exploit spectacle. I still wouldn't have missed the opportunity."
  • 1 star "Bad movie!"
  • 1 star "Forced acting and weak plot line. Predictable in most ways. Also started out with Army guys saying Hoorah. That's a Marine thing, not Army. Don't waste your money on this one."