Thank You For Your Service (2017)

Introduction

Thank You for Your Service is a 2017 American biographical war drama film written and directed by Jason Hall, in his directorial debut, and based on the 2013 non-fiction book of the same name by David Finkel. Finkel, a Washington Post reporter, wrote about veterans of the 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment returning to the vicinity of Fort Riley, Kansas, following a 15-month deployment in Iraq in 2007. The film is about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depicting US soldiers who try to adjust to civilian life, and stars Miles Teller, Haley Bennett, Beulah Koale, Amy Schumer and Scott Haze.

Not to be confused with the 2015 documentary of the same name.

Outline

After a harrowing 15-month combat experience in Iraq, the much-decorated Adam Schumann (Miles Teller) returns home to Kansas and a loving wife, Saskia (Haley Bennett). Adam and Saskia have two young children, a daughter and an infant son born while Adam was still overseas. Adam suffers from PTSD as manifest by nightmares and frequent flashbacks for which his wife convinces him to seek help from an overburdened Department of Veterans Affairs. He also receives solace from two Iraq buddies living nearby, an American Samoan, Solo Aeiti (Beulah Koale), and Billy Waller (Joe Cole), who commits suicide in front of his fiancée (Erin Darke) after discovering she has taken all his money and their child and left him.

Adam’s unresolved psychological issues revolve around his failure to safely rescue a fellow soldier from a building under fire, Michael Emory (Scott Haze), who was dropped on his head and rendered hemiplegic but later expresses gratitude to Adam for being alive, and survivor’s guilt about letting Sergeant First Class James Doster (Brad Beyer) take Adam’s place on patrol one day. When the Humvee with Doster filling in for Adam makes a wrong turn and hits an improvised explosive device, Solo assists the men in their escape to safety, but Doster is inadvertently left behind and dies in the conflagration. Doster’s grieving widow, Amanda (Amy Schumer), who is best of friends with Saskia Schumann, finally gains closure as she learns the circumstances of her husband’s death towards the end of the movie and absolves Adam and Solo of responsibility for it.

Meanwhile, Solo suffers from such severe PTSD and memory loss that he is unable to fulfil a fervent desire to reenlist for another tour in Iraq. He falls in with a group of drug dealers led by a Gulf War veteran, Dante (Omar Dorsey). Adam rescues his friend and puts him on a Greyhound bus to California, where Solo will take Adam’s reserved place at a rehabilitation centre specialising in the treatment of PTSD.

Sometime later, Adam returns from his own stay at the rehabilitation centre, being greeted by his wife and children back in their original home.

Trivia

  • Bruce Springsteen wrote a new song, “Freedom Cadence”, specifically for the closing credits.
  • On 20 October 2017, Universal and DreamWorks announced a partnership with Chinese-owned AMC Theatres to give more than 10,000 free tickets to the film to veterans and service members.

Production & Filming Details

  • Director: Jason Hall.
  • Producer: Jon Kilik.
  • Screenplay: Jason Hall.
  • Music: Thomas Newman.
  • Cinematography: Roman Vasyanov.
  • Editors: Jay Cassidy and Dino Jonsater.
  • Distributor: Universal Pictures.
  • Release Date: 27 October 2017 (US).
  • Running Time: 108 Minutes.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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