After suffering an injury during a routine patrol, hardened sergeant TK Poole is granted a one-month leave to visit his fiancee. But when an unexpected blackout cancels all flights out of New York, TK agrees to share a ride to Pittsburgh with two similarly stranded servicemen: Cheaver, an older family man who longs to return to his wife in St. Louis, and Colee, a naive private who’s pinned her hopes on connecting with a dead fellow soldier’s family. What begins as a short trip unexpectedly evolves into a longer journey. Forced to grapple with old relationships, broken hopes and a country divided over the war, TK, Cheaver and Colee discover that home is not quite what they remembered, and that the unlikely companionship they’ve found might be what matters the most.
Genres: Drama, Politics/Religion and War; Running Time: 1 hr. 55 min.; Release Date: September 26th, 2008 (limited); MPAA Rating: R for language and some sexual content.
Starring: Rachel McAdams, Michael Pena, Tim Robbins, Spencer Garrett, Molly Hagen
Directed by: Neil Burger
Lay and I saw the preview for this movie on the W DVD and decided this might be good. We did enjoy the movie.
This is just a cool moving simple flick without any quirks or complications. The plot is very ordinary and the title of the film is exemplified first scene. Michael Pena, Rachael McAdams and Tim Robins portray three different stories about injured Iraqi soldiers from different points of view. Michael Pena being from a military family feeling pressured to stick with the military. Rachael McAdams portraying a girl with a very bad home experience trying to find her place. Lastly, Tim Robbins plays the older military man who is going through a separation and trying to get his son to go to Stanford. He doesn’t know if he is really actually done with his military experience. They all have gone through hard times and are all injured from combat. They are the Lucky Ones and it is refreshing to have a simple story that is just to the point. I’d say this is probably worth watching.