Soldier Brandon King (Ryan Phillippe) has finished a tour of duty in Iraq and looks forward to his civilian life. His plans are changed when the Army informs him he’s been “stop-lossed” and must return to combat, even though he’s completed his contractual duties. Brandon goes on the run, a decision that has a big effect on his life, and the lives of his family and those in his platoon. Directed by Kimberly Peirce, who made the excellent Boys Don’t Cry, the movie drifts into melodrama at times, but remains compelling. Phillippe, fighting a rather disruptive Southern drawl, does some good work as the troubled soldier, as does Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a member of his platoon dealing with alcohol dependency. Stop-Loss is not a great film, but something worth seeing.


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