Taking Chance w/ Kevin Bacon; A Movie Review

by on May 27, 2013

in Entertainment, movie reviews

Kevin Bacon in HBOs Taking ChanceTaking Chance is a 2009 HBO movie that follows the trip of a military escort that accompanies the body of a fallen soldier on his final trip home.

It stars Kevin Bacon as LtCol Mike Strobl, who volunteers to escort the body of fallen Marine, 19-year-old Marine Chance Phelps back to his hometown of Dubois, Wyoming.

This journey we follow Strobl on is a two-fold experience.  One of LtCol Strobl’s, and one for the viewer.

As the viewer, we are shown the journey of those who have fallen.  Of the different steps of the fallen soldier’s journey, and the care, courtesy and honor given his final journey.  We are given the experience of the transit, at every airport, road transit and arrival at his destination.

This movie experience is something, for someone outside the service or the process, that you would never know or understand until you see it.  And suddenly you realize how important every single soldier is and the sacrifice they make, as we witness the respects paid at every step along the way.

The other journey we experience, is that of LtCol Strobl, as he experiences and deals with the various stages of his journey escorting the fallen soldier.  From the respect paid by the personnel on the airport tarmacs, to the stubborn desire of the x-ray operator who tries to enforce the rules of his small regime.

All in all, this is a journey of one man’s “witness” of Chance Phelps journey home.  Of his, Taking Chance.

Ross Katz (Marie Antoinette, Lost in Translation) wrote the screenplay and directed this movie, based off the notes that the real LtCol Michael R. Strobl USMC [Ret.] made during his journey.

Katz delivers an engaging story while Kevin Bacon delivers a powerful experience, drawing you in with such moments of silence, of observing or carrying out his duty, with every salute of respect to the body as it passes through the various portals of transit.

Having seen this on Memorial Day weekend drove the importance of this movie home even deeper.  Though to be honest, one does not need a day labelled as such, to understand the sacrifice that many have given for the freedom that many have become accustomed to.

I highly recommend catching Taking Chance on HBO, if you see it coming up.

On Amazon:  Taking Chance

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