DVDs: Stop-Loss

Directed by Kimberly Peirce, Paramount, Cert 15

9th August, 2008

Directed by Kimberly Peirce, Paramount, Cert 15

Kimberly Peirce’s first film since the Oscar-winning Boys Don’t Cry is an emotionally gripping drama, in which Ryan Phillippe plays a patriotic Texan who volunteered for the army after 9/11 and fought in Iraq. He goes back to his hometown expecting an honourable return to civilian life.

To his dismay, however, the US Army invokes the little-known ‘stop-loss’ clause buried in his enlistment contract that forces...

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