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Honoring Independence Day – “Taking Chance”

My wife and I had never heard of the HBO movie “Taking Chance” before she added it to our Netflix queue; however, the journey this movie becomes proved to be worth every moment we watched it.  In “Taking Chance”, Kevin Bacon portrays Lieutenant Colonel Michael Strobl, a Marine officer who is manning a desk stateside during the Iraq war in 2004.  Strobl finds out that a soldier from his small hometown, Marine Private First Class Chance Phelps, had been killed during a firefight in Iraq.  In a epiphenal-like moment, he volunteers to escort Chance from Dover AFB to his final resting spot in Wyoming, an honor that is traditionally given to fallen service members.

The simplicity of the plot develops in to a moving experience with a cadence that is very somber and deliberate.  Taking Chance is not about action, humor, or combat; nor, does it push any specific position on war or politics.  The movie is a genuine, simple, touching depiction of how our fallen servicemen and women are respected in a very tragic situation.  Arm yourself with a box of tissues and some American pride, and you’ll find “Taking Chance” to be one of the most pure, moving film experiences you will ever have.

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