by Jack Hunter
I finally saw "Stop-Loss" tonight and as others have said, it is a great film, with a powerful and necessary message. In every war in U.S. history, Southerners have contributed to each effort more than any other region. Stop-Loss reflects this, intentionally or not, with its focus on Texas Army soldiers.
This portion of a Stop-Loss review written by Felicia Feaster, featured in the Charleston City Paper sums up my own reaction:
"A kind of Coming Home for the YouTube set, Stop-Loss is defined by the technology-obsessed generation fighting in Iraq. It's war filtered through Toby Keith songs and crafted into home movies full of explosions and tributes to fallen soldiers. Peirce even pays homage several times throughout the film to the kind of videos shot on portable movie cameras and remixed on laptops that show war through the soldiers' eyes.
If Vietnam has taught us anything, it's to respect the men and women who fight, even if wars grow unpopular. But art is rarely crafted from caution. Stop-Loss doesn't join the ranks of films like Full Metal Jacket or The Best Years of Our Lives made by directors less chastened by ugly red-and-blue divides.
Instead, it's a film of conciliation that strives to unite its audience in the unquestionable mission of supporting our troops. In that sense, it reflects fairly accurately the neurosis of our times."