I was flipping through channels last night and I came upon this HBO movie, Taking Chance, which starred Kevin Bacon. I learn later on that he won a Golden Globe for this performance, and deservedly so. It’s the most subtle yet moving performance from an actor that I’ve seen in years! Kevin just did the role with so much dignity and respect for everyone involved in it, especially that as the movie unrolled, we learn that Chance is actually the name of the soldier Kevin’s character was taking home.
On one side, the story is tragic since behind its premise, the life of a promising young man who as yet, has still more to offer the world, has been snuffed out. On the other hand, I am amazed, even shocked, by the outpouring and support Kevin’s character gets from everyone around him, when they know what he is doing. It is actually very moving. It’s all there in those little scenes with all these ordinary people paying respects. And you know this scene is multiplied many times since there have been many casualties of war for THAT war.
Nothing in the movie is trivialized that’s why it works. The patriotism can sometimes get to me knowing how very patriotic Americans are but I can’t blame them. A fallen son is hard to fathom as it is, but to die for the country is an even greater sacrifice.
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