by John Stoehr
Ryan Philippe and Channing Tatum discuss Stop-Loss, directed by Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don't Cry) and which opens Friday, with ReelzChannel . . .
Almost a decade after garnering acclaim with her feature film debut Boys Don't Cry, director Kimberly Peirce returns with another thought-provoking flick, Stop-Loss, about the controversial practice of retaining soldiers beyond the length of service specified in their military contracts. Dubbed a "back door draft" by its critics, the "stop-loss" policy has been utilized extensively in the current conflict in Iraq, igniting fierce debate about America's treatment of its soldiers who've served abroad.
Channing Tatum (Step Up) and Ryan Phillippe star as a pair of Iraq War veterans returning home after a particularly brutal firefight that left several of their friends dead or wounded. The characters are based in part on Peirce's brother Brett, who volunteered to serve after the events of 9/11, as well and many of his counterparts -- "young men who didn't necessarily have a direct path in front of them went and signed up, because people did want revenge -- that was the immediate feeling," says Phillippe. "That's what Kim's brother did and that's kind of what inspired this story, the fact that he signed up after 9/11 because he was pissed off."