Here’s the premise: A group of U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq struggles to integrate back into family and civilian life, while living with the memory of a war that threatens to destroy them long after they’ve left the battlefield.
It’s very hard for those of us that have not experienced PTSD to understand just what they are going through, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE does a great job closing this gap between the civilians and the soldiers. Based on the book by David Finkel; and the true story of a three returning vets, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE is a very frank and open look at the frustrations that soldiers returning from was faces; the film pulls no punches as they show the brick walls the soldiers hit from family and friends not quite understanding to the slow process of getting help from the VA.
Director Jason Hall does an outstanding job in his directorial debut, as he leads the audience into the lives of everyone affected by PTSD, from the soldier to their families and friends. He treats the subject with respect and does not get preachy or cheesy with the audience; simply makes us understand, and that is great film making.
The cast is awesome, with Miles Teller leading the pack as the strong leader of the group who is a true friend, putting his needs aside for his buddies. Beulah Koale deserves an Oscar nom for his portrayal of Solo, a soldier who is dedicated to the service but is has left him a shell of the man he once was. Koale delivers a powerful performance and leaves a huge mark in your heart as you leave the movie and think about this character and what he truly sacrificed.
Overall, Great movie and I highly recommend it.