While the film makes an admirable effort to address topics (and a place) that many in the U.S. would prefer to ignore, it will disappoint anyone looking for a grittier, uncompromising approach. And, acting aside, Stewart might be the least convincing soldier since Michael J. Fox in Casualties of War. However, for the significant portion of the moviegoing public who favor a superficial narrative that tugs at the heart strings, Maadi’s performance fits the bill.
January 24, 2014