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Based on Ben Fountain’s 2012 novel, the satirical war drama revolves around the victory tour of 19-year-old Billy Lynn (Joe Alwyn) and his troop — members of US Army’s Bravo squad, who are felicitated for displaying extraordinary heroism in Iraq. Set in 2004, the film is told from the point of view of Billy and his inability to relate to civilians and their perception of war.
Once a soldier, always a soldier. The war may die down and the wounds may heal, but the scars last forever. Ang Lee's introspective film encompasses this brutal reality of a solider, who cannot leave the war behind him. The blood on his hands never allows him to be at peace, long after his duty is over.
Lee makes you value the relentless sacrifices these young men make for their country. You feel their plight and inner turmoil. They embrace the uncertainty of life, when just the thought of it can make anyone restless. You feel it all, including the spiritual bent that Ang Lee infuses to his story, reinstating your faith in god, goodness and yourself. The master director’s quintessential tendency to seek answers from the universe, reflects in his storytelling once again. However, this is not one of his strongest films. Jean-Christophe Castelli’s adapted screenplay struggles to juggle between past and present, making the film a tedious watch. The narrative is inconsistent in its approach towards its protagonist and his psychological conflict. The story wanders aimlessly most of the time and supporting characters aren't established enough for them to engage you emotionally.
Newcomer Joe Alwyn is effective in his rendition of a youngster, who is torn between his duties, moral obligations, family expectations and his own needs. The constant tussle between the choices he has made and the repercussions he must face is agonising. Kirsten Stewart is decent, but continues to deliver her dialogues without moving her lips.
Clint Eastwood's portrayal of the predicament of a decorated military hero in American Sniper was more hard-hitting. This one’s effective in portions, but falls short of holding your undivided attention.
This is the first film to be shot using a 120 frame rate. The idea to shoot the film at 120 frames/second came from a 2001 short film shot by Douglas Trumbull.
Kristen Stewart and Garrett Hedlund earlier starred together in the adaptation of Kerouac's classic 'On The Road.'
Enrique Alejandro was considered for the role of Marcellino 'Mango' Montoya.
The film has been shot in 3D.
19 year old Specialist Billy Lynn is part of an American army unit called the Bravo Squad, fighting in Iraq. Pictures of him protecting his injured co-officer make him a war hero. On returning home, Lynn and his squad are sent on a two-week nationwide "Victory Tour". The culmination of the Victory Tour is Bravo Squad's invitation to attend the Dallas Cowboys' Thanksgiving game as the team's guests and to make an appearance during the halftime show with Destiny's Child. What follows is a series of flashbacks, unraveling what happened in Iraq and how it has disturbed Lynn. His sister wants him to go see a doctor for PTSD but he must go back for a decorated soldier can never leave a war behind. The film is a satirical take on how civilians perceive war and the duty of soldiers.