Stop Loss, Ryan Phillippe, Abbie Cornish, Channing Tatum, Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Starring: Ryan Phillippe, Abbie Cornish, Channing Tatum, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ciarán Hinds, Timothy Olyphant, Victor Rasuk, Rob Brown
Directed by: Kimberly Peirce
Screenplay by: Mark Richard, Kimberly Peirce
Release Date: March 28th, 2008
MPAA Rating: R for graphic violence and pervasive language.
Box Office: $10,025,906 (US total)
Studio: Paramount Pictures
The bravest place to stand is each other's side
Sgt. King is a decorated Iraq war hero that is trying to resume his life after his tour of duty. His two buddies and him have been trying to make peace with civilian life. Then, against his will, the Army orders him back to Iraq.
It is ridiculously hot, the kind of heat that causes asphalt to shimmer like a mirage. The infrequent wind only kicks up fluffy cotton tufts and dust. Nonetheless, the occasional green onion field flashes by, a testament to modern irrigation, determination and the old fashioned migrant labor that tends to the land. This is Brazos, Texas and it is home to Staff Sgt. Brandon King (Ryan Philippe) and Sgt. Steve Shriver (Channing Tatum). They are returning as war heroes in a tin can of a bus, alongside their wartime buddies.
They will take a bow in front of cheering hometown crowds and then they will try to resume civilian life as Brandon King and Steve Shriver, best childhood friends. They went to war with noble, patriotic intentions, they served valiantly and now they will try to leave it behind. Friends and family help – especially Michele (Abbie Cornish), Steve’s fiancée, who is like a sister to Brandon.
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