Release Date: 1 March 2017
Format: DVD Blu-ray
Starring: Joe Alwyn, Vin Diesel, Garrett Hedlund
Often the perceptions of wartime heroism can vary greatly from the realities, and it’s a theme that’s explored by Ang Lee in this adaptation of Ben Fountain’s satirical novel of the same name. A war correspondent catches baby-faced Iraq war army specialist Billy Lynn (Joe Alwyn) on camera, risking his life to drag his wounded sergeant to safety. The footage goes viral back home, unleashing a maelstrom of nationalistic fervour that culminates in Billy and his unit buddies riding in a stretch Hummer to be a part of the half-time show at the Dallas Cowboys’ Thanksgiving game – complete with added Destiny’s Child. They ride with a film producer, are wined and dined by the Cowboys’ boss (Steve Martin), and winked at by cheerleaders. But the OTT production triggers memories and more in squad members – after all, war is hardly mere half-time entertainment.