Chance Phelps was nineteen years old when he was killed in action in Iraq. This is the story of the Marine escort, Colonel Strobl (Kevin Bacon), who takes Chance home to be buried. We see the meticulous care and honor taken in transporting Chance's body from Dover AFB, Delaware to his home in rural Wyoming.
Based on the actual trip report written by Col. Strobl, this movie is a lot like a documentary in its attention to detail and procedure, but it is deeply emotional, quietly observing the reaction of everyone who comes in contact with Chance's body along the trip as well as his friends, family, and comrades.
It's a story that could have been told in five minutes, but it makes a effective and quite sobering film; I was moved to tears several times. This movie is not about the politics of war, but of the honor and dignity bestowed on a fallen Marine. Recommended.