Two young soldiers, Bartle (21) and Murph (18) navigate the terrors of the Iraq war under the command of the older, troubled Sergeant Sterling. All the while, Bartle is tortured by a promise he made to Murph's mother before their deployment.
"Yellow Birds" follows John Bartle and the difficulties he faces in keeping his humanity, his urge to survive and his friend Murph alive during the war in Iraq, as well as his life and struggles with his memories of the war after he comes back to Virginia.Written by
Will Poulter was originally casted as Brandon Bartle, but dropped out to star in the Comedy 'War Machine' alongside Brad Pitt. See more »
When Bartle pushes his mother against the wall in his bedroom, he holds her with his left hand. When the camera angle changes and he lets get go to leave the room, he is using his right hand. See more »
The negative reviews seem to be mostly from Gun-buffs who are probably disappointed by the lack of Hoo-Ra yanky-doodle-dandy action.
It's a very good anti war movie. It shows very well the ugly realities of war - how it affects young men. How it pulls apart families and the very fabric of society when those men go home. And how the industrial military war machine chews up and spits out everything it passes through.
I'm giving it 10 stars to bump up what I see as a very unfair rating. Realistically it should be about 7-8 stars.
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