|The Lucky Ones (Widescreen DVD) Michael Pena, Tim Robbins, Rachel McAdams|
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Features Actors:Michael Pena, Rachel McAdams & Tim Robbins.
Running Time: 115 Min.
Three soldiers on leave who take an unexpected road trip across the United States. And this is definitely not your usual war movie, soldier homecoming movie, or road trip movie. It almost effortlessly blends a trio of intriguing characters coming "home" to find that things aren't how they hoped.
As TK Poole, Peña plays a cocky, self-assured sergeant coming back to the U.S. to visit his fiancée. McAdams plays Private Colee Dunn, delivering the guitar of a friend who didn't make it back to his family. And Robbins plays Sergeant Fred Cheever, a man returning home to his family and retiring from the military.
Each of these characters has depth, and a unique perspective on the world. I found Colee to be the glue holding them together. TK and Cheever have their own insecurities and Colee's innocent demeanor kept the serious scenes from becoming too overwrought, while keeping the trip going.
There were a couple of fun things that kept happening. One was whenever the group would thank someone, you'd hear them reply "No, thank you!" And the other was Colee's fascination with wanting to play tourist as they headed across the country. Eventually they did stop for a picnic in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, but only to stop her from crying.
Each character brought their own biases to the world, but even more than that the world's biases were ever present each time they interacted with a group of people: a group of clueless college students, politically minded yet clueless people in the midwest, or even police officers. It was almost as though you could see their biases line up for or against the soldiers.
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Wonderful movie! The three actors bring a top notch performance. Very entertaining. Some very funny scenes. Rachel McAdams is wonderful as the soldier who has somehow maintained a trusting attitude toward the world. Tim Robbins brings a wonderful performance as a soldier coming home to some difficult choices. Michael Pena plays the "I've know what I'm doing" guy that comes to find out that maybe he doesn't. The three together give wonderful performances and have a chemistry that makes this a memorable movie and a must see!
The movie was about three soldiers who came back from fighting in the army. It not should some of the psychological effects trama can cause to those who fight for country but also the obsticles they face in their personal relationships upon their return. There is one man having to deal with his wife leaving hime but not for another man but her growning independence in his absence. There is a women who is dealing with a death of a fellow soldier who also comes to be a love that is not who he seemed to be. There is also another man dealing with different relationship problem. They all end up on the road together iin oder to get home and on this journey they not only work on their issues bit form a bond. And in the end that bond bond unites then and leads them to a common solution or journey. I liked this movie because it made me wonder if there is more to people that what meets the eye. I liked how this movie touched on many different emotional and psychological issues.
I enjoyed this dark comedy/drama about three soldiers returning from Iraq who meet in the airport and start a bond that takes them all over the country. Rachel McAdams plays a unique roll in army greens and gives the usual steller performance that has made her one of Hollywood's finest starlets.
This is a movie that demonstrates the bond that solders at war develop. Though very little war is shown the movie takes you into each of the three veterans life's, after returning home from a tour of duty in Irag. It uses comedy to help with their stories, which help to deal with their wounds of war, physical and non-physical. Don't let the title "The Lucky Ones" fool you. Surviving war does not mean you were lucky.
A great movie that I recommend highly.