Monday, June 14, 2010

Movie: "Taking Chance" (2009) *****

On Saturday I had to go to Costco for my wife and while there I, as I usually do, I checked out the DVD section and there it was...... a copy of the HBO movie "Taking Chance"(2009) that I reported on here last November when I had rented it through my Netflix account. I debated buying it but ended up getting it and after re watching it last night, I know I made the right decision. I can't remember a movie that has had such an effect on me since "Old Yeller" when I was a little kid. It is a welcome addition to my video library. Here is what I posted last November:

Last night I watched the movie "Taking Chance" a movie I rented from Netflix. Taking Chance is a 2009 HBO movie that is a historical drama based upon the experiences of Lt. Col. Michael Strobl (Kevin Bacon) escorting the body of a Marine, PFC Chance Phelps (posthumously promoted to LCpl), back to his hometown in Montana from the Iraq War.

The film was selected for showing at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and premiered on HBO on February 21, 2009 and is a very good movie. I recommend you have some tissue available when you watch it because it is very emotional.

The movie is based upon a detailed report written by Lt.Col. Michael Strobl (Kevin Bacon)about his trip from Dover Delaware across America to a small town in Montana for burial. In his report he details the reactions he received from ordinary Americans. It makes you proud to be an American . Click on the title above for a link to his report

The movie has home videos of the real Chance Phelps in the "Special Features" portion of the DVD as well as interviews with his real parents and sister.

If you haven't already, click on the title to read the detailed report of the real Marine Corps officer who took Chance home. It helps put things into perspective.