Director: Richard Linklater
Cast: Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, Laurence Fishburne
Spoilers Within: No

With his script, Linklater refuses to pull any punches. Take, for example, the specific, bigoted rhetoric that Sal adopts when talking about their participation in Vietnam, or the anger each of them express toward the government that’s failing them at each turn. This is a film that doesn’t waver from dealing with American guilt and anti-war patriotism, nor does it try to skirt around the scathing commentary on the lies that fuel wars and the soldiers who die for them. In a notably touching scene, the three visit the mother of a deceased Marine with the intention of revealing the truth behind his death but instead continue to support the story that her son died a hero. These lies and truths can be hard to come to terms with – the true story weighing heavy on the groups’ collective conscience – but sometimes it’s better to lie than to change someone’s perception.

Read the full review at CineVue.