Thank You For Your Service: Film Review – A Reminder To Thank & Respect Our Soldiers

Verdict: Miles Teller shines as a faithful family man, friend and above all, a soldier.

Just like a coin, a war always has two sides to it. While on one hand, it aims to bring political stability, it comes at the price of death and destruction, leaving the surviving soldiers scarred for life. It is rightly said that it's difficult to love, but it's easy to wage war. Yes, Jason Hall in his debut film as a director has neatly portrayed how difficult it gets for the war veterans to adapt to normal life when they return home after their service in a war. 

What's Thank You For Your Service About?

Inspired by a true story, the film in a brilliant manner depicts the lives of soldiers and the trauma that they go through after returning home from war. Sergeant Adam Schumann (Miles Teller) and specialist Tausolo Aieti (Beulah Koale) are back after their service in the Iraq war. The two have seen many of their fellow soldiers breathe their last into their arms. Slowly, Adam and Tausolo start to break from the inside and in the process, lose courage and hope. Thank You for Your Service beautifully sheds a spotlight on the PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) that afflicts so many veterans of America's longest war. 

Here's everything you need to know about the film before booking your tickets.

What Works?

The film is relevant everywhere as this can happen to a soldier of any country. The trauma of seeing your fellow soldiers die in front of you definitely leaves one shattered. The film contains a few melodramatic elements that help build the story. Life is not always as easy as we wish it would be, especially for the soldiers who devote themselves and willingly sacrifice their lives for their country. Miles Teller in this film is more than just a war soldier. He is a perfect example of a caring friend, a faithful husband, and a loving father. The film will definitely keep you engrossed as it is well directed with some heart-touching performances.

What Could Have Been Better?

War movies tend to portray brutality and destruction, which is not something all kinds of audiences would prefer watching. But a more detailed background story of the war in Iraq would have made the film even more interesting. Starting the movie by jumping straight to the main story seemed a little unorthodox.

Why You Should Watch This Movie:

This film reminds us who the real heroes are. Not often do we get to see films based on true stories, hence watch this one because it is inspired by a real-life story. Live the reality of not only American war veterans, but many soldiers from around the world who serve in the army.

Release Date: 2017-11-24
Language: English
Director: Jason Hall
Genre: Biography, Drama, War
Cast & Crew: Haley Bennett, Miles Teller, Amy Schumer, Kate Lyn Sheil
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