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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What would have the great Sidney Lumet done with such a topic?
I don't know what to say bout this movie. It is a story which I agree totally with, in his message. It is outrageous how the war vets are treated when they come back. If they are not ignored, ostracized or insulted - see for instance the Nam vets - they are used as tools, puppets to make money, used by sharks who intend to make big, big money at their own advantage over the poor soldiers. I agree with the message of this film which denounces this. But it is too big, it is caricature to me, too easy...See for instance Steve Martin, the ruthless and disgusting business man who uses the vets. The way Ang Lee has to show him - don't miss the takes on his eyes, shark eyes - made me sick, if I had a gun, I would have shot at the screen to kill him. I would say that is a didactic purpose. No nuance here, good guys again bad ones, and this is a shame. Sidney Lumet would have given something different from such a topic, no doubt about this.
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