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Memorial Day 2012

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(33) IMDb 6.1/10
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Bud has spent years putting the horrors of his time as a U.S. soldier in WWII behind him. But when 13-year-old Kyle Vogel discovers his grandfathers long hidden footlocker he is forced to confront the horrors of his past.

Starring:
Jonathan Bennett,Steven Luke
Runtime:
1 hour, 43 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Military & War, Drama, Action & Adventure
Director Samuel Fischer, Sam Fischer
Starring Jonathan Bennett, Steven Luke
Supporting actors James Cromwell, John Cromwell, Jackson Bond, Mary Kay Fortier-Spalding, Emily Fradenburgh, Charles Hubbell, Corby Kelly, Chris Lefevre, Steven
Studio High Fliers
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Dooley TOP 50 REVIEWER on 25 Mar. 2013
Format: DVD
This tells the story of Bud Vogel played by James Cromwell (`The Green Mile', L.A. Confidential' and `The Artist'). Bud has been trying to put the past memories of his time during WW 2 behind him, then on Memorial Day in 1993, his grandson Kyle finds his old footlocker and brings it to his Grandpa. At first he is none too pleased and when he tells Kyle to put it back, Kyle answers `but what am I supposed to remember?' So he decides to tell the story of some of the objects or souvenirs in the box.

We also have a the parallel story of Kyle after he has joined the US Army and is on a tour of duty in Iraq circa 2005, where he is recounting his memories of that time to a lieutenant doctor. Both his life and the stories of his grandpa are told in flash back.

Military purists are going to find fault with the WW 2 depictions, especially as the budget did not stretch to a cast of thousands but the Iraq era action is actually very well done. This is not an action movie in any way at all so please avoid if that is what you are looking for. It is a touching tale of coming to terms with the past and with things you may not necessarily be at all proud of.

It is very moving in places and really well acted Jonathan Bennett (`The Dukes of Hazard' movie) as Kyle is both convincing and engaging and James Cromwell is always good. The young Bud is played by John Cromwell who must be related as they look so like each other. As I said there are a few plot stretchers too especially in the WW2 bits but all in all a very satisfying film about loss, life, love and being human in a war situation and it was a really rewarding watch - recommended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Maciej TOP 500 REVIEWER on 23 May 2014
Format: DVD
I found this film watchable and by moments even quite good - but ultimately I felt a little bit disappointed. Below, more of my impressions, with some very limited SPOILERS.

Sergeant Kyle Vogel (Jonathan Bennett) is a young American soldier who serves in Iraq with the 34th Infantry Division. Briefly hospitalised for a not very serious injury, he strikes up a conversation with the resident military psychiatrist, Lieutenant Kelly Tripp (Emily Fradenburgh). Even if he is of course aware that this conversation is neither entirely accidental nor completely casual he accepts to play the game and tells the inifinitely patient psychiatrist a story from his childhood, about the one and only day when his grandfather (James Cromwell) accepted to share with him some of his own memories of service with 82nd Airborne Division in WWII. The film then mixes four story lines: Kyle's service in Iraq, Kyle's conversation with Lt. Tripp, Kyle's conversation with his grandafather and the WWII stories his grandfather tells him...

This is a rather well done film, but it is not entirely successful. Quite a lot of what we hear and see is quite clichéd and banal and ultimately seems... quite flat. War time adventures of both men are not very interesting - we saw ALL OF THIS like hundreds of times. In fact the really interesting parts of this film, those which I liked the best are the moments when we see the grandfather struggling with his progressing sickness and slowly overwhelming dementia, brief but clever exchanges between Kyle and Lt. Tripp and especially the very ending which is a kind of post-scriptum of the whole story...
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By lister on 10 April 2013
Format: DVD
His movie has been getting lots of great reviews but in truth its just pretty average. Don't be fooled by all the action that is shown in the trailer because putting it all together it would cover approx 20mins of the run time.This movie is a drama about veterans and their famillies. Ps putting James Cromwell to one side the acting is also pretty average.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By PF Cope TOP 500 REVIEWER on 1 Jan. 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
A thought provoking movie of the bond between grandson and grandfather and how their lives mirror one another during times of conflict. The sense of loss is the same even when a generation separates the two main characters in this story which features some quite reasonable action sequences and a good performance by James Cromwell.
Saving Private Ryan it's not, but well worth a watch especially at half normal price.
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By Lewis on 11 Aug. 2015
Format: Amazon Instant Video Verified Purchase
This film had great potential to tell the stories of soldiers in WW2 and the current war. Unfortunately, the action was very very limited, with there being obvious flaws in both the modern and WW2 scenes - most obviously being that there is a distinct lack of blood in every battle scene. The plot meanders its way through the film lacking direction and a meaning, with the flashbacks to the conversation being utterly dull and really pointless. Both the WW2 and modern day story lines were very hap-hazard and did not really flow well, and so the film found it difficult to make you attached to any of the characters as they had such limited dialogue or screen time. In some points the dialogue was horrendously cheesy and cliched and there were several annoyances such as the little girl and the medical officer, who could have been left out of the film all together. The ending was again incredibly cliched and seemed very sudden and random - continuing the running problem of a lack of continuity throughout the entirety of the film. Overall, this could have been so much better and I feel it let itself down pretty badly.
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