(2018) (Justin Bruening, Sarah Drew) (PG-13)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Drama: An Army chaplain and his family must contend with him being deployed overseas and then returning and suffering from PTSD.
- It's 2007 and Army chaplain Darren Turner (JUSTIN BRUENING), his wife, Heather (SARAH DREW), and their kids have just moved into a neighborhood near Fort Stewart and directly across the street from Major Michael Lewis (JASON GEORGE) whose relationship with his wife, Tonya (TIA MOWRY), and girls hasn't been the same since his tours of duty in Iraq. Darren tries to help the troubled soldier, but Michael wants none of that and warns him to leave his heart at home, what with his first year-plus tour coming up.
Arriving at a U.S. base in Iraq, Darren meets Lt. Col. Jacobson (ERIC CLOSE) who's in command, as well as Shonda Peterson (SKYE P. MARSHALL) who will serve as Darren's assistant and bodyguard of sorts when they're off the base. He also meets Lance Bradley (TANNER STINE) whose wife back home, Amanda (MADELINE CARROLL), is expecting their second child.
When things go bad off-site, Lance questions Darren "peddling" a God who allowed a number of people -- including two soldiers and a young civilian girl -- to be killed during an insurgent attack. Darren does his best to explain things, all while trying to help Michael deal with his issues and Shonda be a better mom to her young son back home.
But what Darren experiences and witness while overseas begins to put a strain on his and Heather's marriage, what with her holding down the fort back home -- and comforting fellow spouses when they receive bad news -- and him not being able to tell her what he's been going through. That comes to a head when he returns home a completely changed man, what with PTSD severely affecting him and his family. All of which results in Chaplain Rodgers (MICHAEL O'NEILL) stepping in to try to save him and his family from the lasting aftereffects of seeing horrible things and believing that God has abandoned him.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Unless the faith-based angle draws them in, it's not that likely.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
- For some thematic material and war violence.
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