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Taking Chance (2009)

Written By Unknown on Tuesday, May 25, 2010 | 11:40 PM

Genre: Drama/War/Biography

Starring: Kevin Bacon

US Marine Lt.Col. Michael Strobl (Bacon) has served in the US Army for almost his entire life but has seen little field action. Apart from a short stint in Desert Strom he hasn't seen much and has been confined to a desk job. He feels that he hasn't done enough for his country and volunteers to become an escort for a young marine who was killed in Iraq. Although he never knew 19-year-old Chance Phelps, he felt a connection and a strong urge to serve him. He has been assigned the task of protecting and delivering the body to his parents with honour and dignity that he rightfully deserves. Throughout his journey he sees an America and a form of humanity that he thought never existed before. Everyone just seemed to know exactly what he is doing and they all went the extra mile to contribute their bit to pay respect for the slain soldier. From airline staff upgrading him to first class to truck drivers saluting him on his journey, everyone respected America's brave-hearts who went and sacrificed their lives for the nation. The plot is amazing and is truly touching and can bring forth a tear from even within the stone-hearted. Kevin Bacon single-handily manages to execute the entire script with precise perfection and his absolute control over his emotions make him a phenomenal actor. The movie might be a bit slow at parts but that doesn't let it down any which ways. A recommended watch for everyone reading this.

Thumbs up: Great plot and an even better Kevin Bacon
Thumbs down: Slightly slow at times

Rating: 8.4/10
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