The Last Full Measure (review)

The Last Full Measure (review)
The Last Full Measure (review)
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A Pentagon staffer (Sebastien Stan) is assigned to investigate why a medic was denied the Medal of Honor after he gave his life to rescue numerous men in a bloody attack during the Vietnam War. Of course, he resents the task until he predictably begins to relate to the surviving vets and the power of their stories. And that’s where the movie shines: there’s an assemblage of accomplished actors (William Hurt, Christopher Plummer, Diane Ladd, Samuel L. Jackson, Peter Fonda & Ed Harris) to handle the dramatic monologues that form the background for this film. Their stories also flash back to the crucial battle. While this true event is noble, the film’s attempt at dramatic power is rendered almost bland by the stolid pacing, uninspired writing and intense earnestness. Only in the final scenes does any true emotion surface. NOTE: Interviews with the actual vets roll over the credits.

 

2 out of 5 stars (2 / 5)

 

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