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Rated R · 113 minutes · 2008

Drama, War
Stop-Loss is the first movie in nine years from director Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don’t Cry), and the payoff for the wait is underwhelming. There are moments of dizzy, visceral power in this Iraq War drama -- particularly sequences set in Iraq -- but Peirce fails to maintain that rawness when the story returns to the States, where Sgt. Brandon King’s discharge is suspended and he is ordered back to the front lines. Apparently, there’s a clause in enlistment contracts that allow for this back-door draft in order to prevent the weakening of troop strength during a war. King (Ryan Phillippe) points out no war was declared, and goes AWOL instead of following orders. Ultimately, the titular subject proves more potent than Stop-Loss’s conventional narrative and familiar sub-themes.
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Director: Kimberly Peirce
Writer: Kimberly Peirce and Mark Richard
Producer: Scott Rudin, Kimberly Peirce, Mark Roybal and Gregory Goodman
Cast: Ryan Phillippe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Rob Brown, Channing Tatum, Victor Rasuk, Terry Quay, Matthew Scott Wilcox, Connett Brewer, Timothy Olyphant and Josef Sommer


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