Victoria Jelinek

February 3, 2010, 2:33 pm
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Sam Cahill (Tobey Maguire, Spiderman) begins his latest tour in Afghanistan when his chopper is shot down and he’s presumed dead. As his family, including his wife Grace (Natalie Portman, V for Vendetta, Star Wars III), brother Tommy (Jake Gyllenhaal, Brokeback Mountain, The Day After Tomorrow), and father (Sam Shepard, Blackhawk Down, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford) mourn his loss and try to move on with their lives, Sam unexpectedly returns home; this film is essentially about the consequent family dynamics.

While the Danish original is better when it comes to pacing and depth, this is an affecting and sturdy remake that brings a powerful story to an even wider audience.

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