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Review: 'Taking Chance'

If you want to understand the over-cited concept of the electronic hearth or see proof of the power and significance of television as a medium, then you must watch “Taking Chance,” which debuts tonight on HBO.

This is not so much a film as it is an American moment, an opportunity to take refuge from the opinion polls and policy reports, the politicizing that has swirled around the war in Iraq since its early days, to acknowledge and contemplate the basic, singular sacrifice every war requires.

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Posted Thu 19 February 2009 08:06 PM
Ladies and Gentleman my name is Sgt Houston and I have no choice but to share my opinion on this movie. Let me start by saying it makes me sick that a individual who is a ranking officer not only an officer but a Marine officer took it upon himself to sell out and get paid for his experience as we to could have all done the same. I was one of five Active Duty Marines who had the absolute honor of taking care of all matters that had to do with deceased marines/Sailors going through the dover port mortuary from logistics,preparation, aligning escorts and much much more. This movie is based on one man and one family's experience which in my mind is taking away from all service members who have been killed as every person has a different experience in this tragic matter so who the hell is this officer to think his view and remembrance of this occasion should be highlighted and made into a movie above all other service men and women who have had the honor of escorting a fellow comrade home. In the movie there is certain parts which are depicted that are false and downgrade the whole process and unless you were in my shoes or the many others who work/worked at the mortuary you could not even fathom the man hours, honor, dignity, attention to detail and the ute most respect for the job at hand that goes into completing this so sensitive mission. This Lt colonel got the smallest glimpse and thinks he's expert enough to help produce a movie about it. I really hope that if you decide to view this movie you are not blinded by this monstrosity of glorification but stop and think about all the service men and women who have passed and the thousands of escorts who had the honor of bringing loved ones honorably back to there families and didn't seek a payday for doing it but were humbled by the fact that they had the honor of helping complete a highly sensitive mission that is so very important, seen by very few and I would hope that no one else tries to take the significance of it not being seen by the whole world away.

Sgt Houston

In response to Sgt. Houston: I would like to assure you, having watched the film, I was not so much struck by Stobl experience but more so by the respect paid this particular young Marine, but to all of the fallen since this conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan began and believe me this, I thought about the thousands of fallen, not just this one may who may have materially benefitted from this particular experience. You should not fear, I, for one, get it.

Sgt Houston - you are a jerk! I just finished watching "Taking Chance" and your comments are way out of line. The movie was not about glorifying the Lt. Colonel who escorted Pvt Phelps, but a simple look at duty, honor and respect. I served in the US Army proudly and I find your remarks ridiculous and uncalled for.

This marine who posted the scathing review should be honored for his service and scolded for his inability to recognize a tribute to his service. Are you kidding me? Someone makes a move to help Americans realize the true sacrifice out military men and women make in the name of freedom and you disparage it? This isn't about self-glorification it's about giving America an opportunity to feel proud for what you guys go though and cement in the true sacrifice made.
Get a grip man and see it for what it is and don't be jealous that your name wasn’t in the credits for god sakes. Your whole glib review makes me sad and sick…and I’m sorry you just don’t get it.

I think you missed the point of the movie.

I felt very moved watching this movie. I wept more than I have ever wept since "Love Story". I think the story had to be told - not so much for PFC Phelps, but for ALL of the fallen men and women in all of our conflicts.
One question that stands out in my mind and in others that I have corresponded with about the movei is why didn't he have shoes on in the coffin?
Thank you Col. Stobl and all of the escorts!
LCDR Al Lee, USNR retired


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