Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016) Monday, 16 September 2019

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    MA15+: Strong themes, violence and coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    It's not some story; it's our lives.

  • Starring:

    Vin Diesel, Kristen Stewart, Garrett Hedlund, Chris Tucker, Steve Martin, Joe Alwyn, Arturo Castro, Mason Lee, Astro, Beau Knapp, Ismael Cruz Cordova, Barney Harris

  • Directed by:

    Ang Lee

  • Running time:

    110 minutes

  • Rated:

    MA15+ (Australia), NR (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People are stabbed, shot (off-camera), shot at, handcuffed, hooded, prodded with a gun, headlocked (till he passes out), grabbed, wrestled, pushed over, beaten, dragged, tackled, throat-grabbed. A family is terrorised by soldiers. A man describes what kinds of injuries certain firearms inflict. People slam their hands on a table, steering wheel, car bonnet. Story told of crashing car then chasing sister's fiance with a tyre iron. Men joke that they enjoy killing people. Doors kicked in. Fireworks and pyrotechnics trigger war flashbacks. A woman says "If anything happens to you I'll kill myself". A man says he's rather cut off his little finger than lose. Blown up by IED, sister in car accident, WMDs, trying to take hostages mentioned. Yelling, arguing. Blood/gore: Bloody leg, clothing, hands, spatter; pooling blood, pink mist. Twice the camera focuses on the eyes of people as they die. Funeral. Man in wheelchair. Hanging sides of meat being carved. Scars.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Couple have bedroom sex (brief/flashforward). Shirtless men, men in towels (locker room setting), skimpy dancewear (cheerleaders), cleavage, midriffs. An advertisement plays on a jumbotron screen for erectile dysfunction. Men make masturbating gestures. A man makes derogatory comments about homosexuals. Strippers, prostitute, lap dance, still a virgin, conceived in a truck, 72 virgins, getting/got laid, suck my d*ck, steroids, guys blowing each other mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Drugs (people share a joint, a man consumes Advil). Alcohol (spirits, beer, wine, cocktails, champagne). Smoking. Getting wasted mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE:

    F-words, s-words, a-words, p*ssed. Name-calling (motherf*ckers, a-holes, douchebag, delinquent punk, sh*tbag, p*ssy-boy, idiot, broke-d*cks, d*ckwad, arrogant pr*ck, a-wipes, d*ckheads, clowns, etc). Religious references and exclamations (grace of God, shut the hell up, for God's sakes, hell yeah, Jesus Christ, oh God, goddamn, etc).

  • THEMES:

    Iraq War, US servicemen, reality v perception, Thanksgiving, football, PTSD, death of a friend, grief, desensitization, media, marketing, PR, patriotism, demi-celebrity, victory tours, heroism, loyalty, sacrifice, ignorance, Dallas Cowboys, brother-sister relationships, half-time entertainment, triggers.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Dead soldier/friend. Cemetery, funeral, Iraq war settings. Engagement breakup mentioned. Fireworks, pyrotechnics, spitting. Donkey, dog. Sides of meat being carved/cooked. Pig on the spit. Plates of roast chicken/turkey etc. Meat eaten. Taxidermy buffalo head on wall. Some Arabic (some translation). Based on the novel by Ang Lee.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Original, heartfelt, engrossing, realistic, sharp-edged, tactile, gripping, potent, intimate, absorbing, ruminative, ambitious, somber, boisterous. Astonishing/granular/physical/unprecedented/extraordinary/groundbreaking/penetrating/remarkable/stunning/astonishing/crisp/smooth/cutting-edge 3D/4K visuals, strong cast, fine script, inspired/deft/brilliant performances, visceral combat action, rich flashbacks, stays mostly faithful to the novel.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Uneven, erratic, theatrical, curious, exhausting. Thankless female roles, cornball dialogue, fake southern accents, some cringe-worthy performances, awkward/half-hearted/trope-laden narrative, most audiences won't get to see the film at its high frame rate, the groundbreaking/technologically advanced visuals can be distracting/are mismatched with the storytelling, the film lacks the saitre/humour of the novel.

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