19-year-old Billy Lynn is brought home for a victory tour after a harrowing Iraq battle. Through flashbacks the film shows what really happened to his squad - contrasting the realities of war with America's perceptions.
Two-time Academy Award® winner Ang Lee brings his extraordinary vision to Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, based on the widely-acclaimed, bestselling novel. The film is told from the point of view of 19-year-old private Billy Lynn (newcomer Joe Alwyn) who, along with his fellow soldiers in Bravo Squad, becomes a hero after a harrowing Iraq battle and is brought home temporarily for a victory tour. Through flashbacks, culminating at the spectacular halftime show of the Thanksgiving Day football game, the film reveals what really happened to the squad - contrasting the realities of the war with America's perceptions. The film also stars Kristen Stewart, Chris Tucker, Garrett Hedlund, with Vin Diesel, and Steve Martin. Lee used new technology, shooting at an ultra-high frame rate for the first time in film history, to create an immersive digital experience helping him dramatize war in a way never seen before. Lee directed and produced the film, from a screenplay by Jean-Christophe ... Written by
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Kristen Stewart wears hair extensions in the film. She was still growing her hair out after having it cut short for her role of Nia in the film Equals. See more »
Throughout SSG Dime wears an Expert Infantryman's badge (EIB) except in the limo where he has a Combat Infantryman's badge (CIB). That's a continuity issue. Factually, however, he should have had a CIB just as all the rest of the soldiers. See more »
Civilians are the ones running this show. I've lived the damn war but it's still their war. Isn't it?
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I enjoyed this picture as it very astutely put together a strong anti war message yet at the same time showed the profiteers of war and the way the war message is corrupted to suit political and business ends.
The movie has generally good believable acting, especially from the soldiers.
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