Stop-Loss: War on the Homefront
Ryan Phillippe stars in this new drama that opens our eyes to horrors of the war in Iraq
Cast: Ryan Phillippe, Abbie Cornish, Channing Tatum
Script: Kimberly Pierce and Mark Richard
Director: Kimberly Pierce
Rated: R, for graphic violence and strong language
Stop-Loss is making a discreet arrival to the big screen, but its message is anything but quiet. The plot revolves around a U.S. military policy called stop-loss, also known as the backdoor draft, which is an involuntary extension of the contract of a soldier whose military service has already officially been completed. As a result, soldiers can be required to go back to the warfront as many times as their superiors request them to do so, and if they refuse, they're considered criminals.
Director Kimberly Pierce was smart in pointing out the dilemma of stop-loss as opposed to focusing on political issues, but still, it's obvious that the film has a clear anti-war message. The movie is successful, though, at demonstrating the tragic effects that the policy has on U.S. soldiers.
Ryan Phillippe has yet to fully show off his talent in Hollywood, although his role in Stop-Loss does demonstrate that he is a formidable actor who can play a dramatic role. The real showstopper is Australian actress Abbie Cornish, who without a doubt steals the scene every time she's on camera.
If you like dramatic movies with political messages, Stop-Loss will be well-worth a trip to the theater. But if you're looking for an action-packed war movie, this probably isn't the film for you.