Conclusion: Told mostly in flashback and from the perspective of one soldier during a psychoanalysis session, 'Home of the Brave' tells the story of five soldiers and their experience from a secret reconnaissance mission in the South Pacific. The plot digs a bit deeper as a psychological war drama with sociopolitical themes of African-American soldiers, a controversial but topical subject matter explored while the wounds of war remained fresh.
Conclusion: Home of the Brave is an interesting exercise in what passed for progressive thought in the late forties, and if that seems quaint (and maybe a bit horrifying at times) to cynical modern day eyes and ears, that's okay. Bolstered by an impressive performance by James Edwards, along with great work by a small but dedicated supporting cast, Home of the Brave probably finds too many easy answers to ever seem very real or even very cathartic, but there are some minor truths...
Conclusion: A thoughtfully made "message picture" from producer Stanley Kramer, director Mark Robson, and playwright Arthur Laurents, Home of the Brave addresses racial inequality in a progressive, realistic manner. Although the Blu Ray format doesn't do an average-looking film like this any favors (the DVD edition will suffice), this penetrating WWII drama counts as one of the more fascinating obscurities released by Olive Films. What Do You Think?
Excerpt: An unspecified Asian island hosts an American tale of crude bigotry during World War II in Home of the Brave , a responsive result of internal wartime malaise. James Edwards lashes out as Peter Moss, volunteered into a small squad and subsequently rejected for being black, forcing an uncomfortable dichotomy on an isolated island. Home of the Brave rejects flimsy action scenes, handling them with weakly descriptive machine gun fire and unseen Japanese.
Conclusion: Olive Films once again stiffs a release with no bonus features. Home Of The Brave is a solid wartime psychological drama that may be a bit on the nose with its racial dealings, but likely worked like gangbusters during its own modern times. Its given a solid presentation, leaving the print basically to breathe as is. This is something for fans of the film or collectors.
Excerpt: Home of the Brave brings yet another look at the Iraq war, this from the view of four veterans who survived an ambush while delivering medical supplies. Irwin Winkler directs a script by first-timer Mark Friedman, who makes some rookie mistakes, but otherwise creates a compelling drama about the after effects of war. Jessica Biel, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Samuel L. Jackson, and Brian Pressley play the four veterans who lives are changed by their experiences.
Excerpt: Regardless of whatever the box may indicate, this is not a 'Black Hawk Down'-type movie. It plays a lot more like a modern-day 'The Best Years of Our Lives'. The problem is that 'Home of the Brave' pretty much copies that movie – guy losing his job after coming back, someone losing a limb (well, an appendage) and a few not being able to cope. Essentially, the movie is nothing new.
Excerpt: Home Of The Brave , a drama about the Iraq War and the aftershocks felt by those who fight it, opens with a long, wordless scene of an Iraqi man carrying the bomb-filled corpse of a dog through a city street. Savor that image. It's the last bit of subtlety the film has to offer before the shrillness and the soap bubbles begin.