The (Un)Lucky Ones

I recently reviewed the film The Lucky Ones for Paste Magazine, which you can find in the October issue out now. Directed by Neil Burger (The Illusionist), this sappy attempt at a road movie follows three soldiers (Tim Robbins, Rachel McAdams, Michael Pena) on leave from Iraq as they cross the country, deal with the difficulties of returning home, and “find” themselves. But that’s not the most infuriating thing about this movie. Trite dialogue and plot contrivances aside, the film seems to suggest that if you haven’t been to war, you can’t really understand or criticize it. Sure, the first part of this may be true, but I hardly believe that one must experience combat to acknowledge the failures of and lies leading up to our current conundrum. Read my review here.

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