29 March 2008

Stop Loss is Dead
Long May it Burn

From Deadline Hollywood

"I'm told #7 Stop-Loss opened to only $1.6 million Friday from just 1,291 plays and should eke out $4+M. Although the drama from MTV Films was the best-reviewed movie opening this weekend, Paramount wasn't expecting much because no Iraq war-themed movie has yet to perform at the box office. 'It's not looking good,' a studio source told me before the weekend. 'No one wants to see Iraq war movies. No matter what we put out there in terms of great cast or trailers, people were completely turned off. It's a function of the marketplace not being ready to address this conflict in a dramatic way because the war itself is something that's unresolved yet. It's a shame because it's a good movie that's just ahead of its time.'"

AAAAAaaaarrrrgggggg!!!!! You've got to be kidding me!

It's not a "function of the marketplace not being ready to address this conflict." It's a function of the fact that you idiots made a movie about a man who is deserting.

In case you couldn't tell, I had a visceral reaction against this film the first time I saw its trailer (maybe a month ago). I'm a member of the great unwashed masses - you know those of us who live in the Tweens (the flyover lands between NYC and Cali.) - who will never go see this movie or others of its ilk.

To those of you from Hollywood trying to push these movies: You have no credibility. Every single movie you make comes across from an anti-war point of view. As the Wall Street Journal put it,
As Hollywood sees it, the fictionalized stories worth telling about Iraq and the war on terror involve the rape and murder of an Iraqi girl by American soldiers ("Redacted"); the kidnap and torture of an innocent Egyptian ("Rendition"); the duplicity of the Army surrounding a soldier's death ("In the Valley of Elah"), and other American perfidy.
Stop Loss fits right in with the meme.

Don't get me wrong. I don't expect Hollywood to actually make big budget, serious pro-war movies. It isn't going to happen. Personally, I'm of the opinion that they couldn't do it if they wanted. And, I really don't want them to try - at least until they can do better than something like Heartbreak Ridge (the last pro-war movie I can remember which isn't about WWII or earlier).

I just wish that Hollywood would stop making the anti-war, anti-U.S. movies. I know they won't; I've heard the Jon Stewart manifesto,
The films that were made about the Iraq war, did not do as well. But I'm telling you, if we stay the course, and keep these movies in the theaters, we can turn this around. I don't care if it takes 100 years. Withdrawing the Iraq movies would only embolden the audience. We cannot let the audience win.
and I believe that Hollywood will continue to make movies of this sort to live out their Vietnam era mindset and to tell us ignorant sots out in the hinterlands what we should think.


David Tarrell said...

Thank you for your past service to our country. However, back when you were in uniform, Dick Cheney described the prospect of continuing on from Kuwait to Baghdad as "a quagmire if you go that far and try to take over Iraq," going on to say that if you did that "you could end up seeing pieces of Iraq fly off," which sounds like a pretty accurate prediction.

In other words, isn't the current situation much different than the one these soldiers are facing today? I have sympathy for these soldiers who might be hesitant to return for a third tour of a country even Cheney described as a "quagmire," and think of Vonnegut's description of today's soldiers being treated, he said "as I never was, as toys a rich kid got for Christmas."


Anonymous said...

Yeah, these guys are a little confused when they complain of the US not honoring the "contract." Everyone who signs up knows about the potential for stop loss.

As for pro-war movies, don't forget "We Were Soldiers," an excellent movie and even more excellent book which sets the story straight about the military success we attained in Vietnam.

Of course, just as in that war, the media and Hollywood are bound and determined to see the defeat of our fighting men, and portray them as snivelling, narcissistic, amoral criminals.

KingArthur65 said...

This movie is from MTV Films. What did you expect to see? I don't think you or I are the target audience for this movie.
I wanted to address your statement about about how Hollywood has no credibility to push these movies. I can't think of anything about this war that is credible at this point. In my opinion the biggest story of this war is and has been the untruths associated with this military action. Maybe Pat Tilman's story would have done a better job at the box office. The next biggest story would probably be about the incompetence associated with the war planning.

One more thing. Regarding the post by anonymous about how Hollywood would like to see our fighting men and women defeated. I don't believe for one second that any American citizen want to see our military or government defeated. I hear this statement made by many people but I have yet to find one that WANTS to see anything resembling what you offered in your comments.