• Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016)

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

Release Date: November 11th, 2016

DVD Release Date: February 14th, 2017

R |1 hr 48 min

Plot Summary

Nineteen-year-old private Billy Lynn (Joe Alwyn), along with his fellow soldiers in Bravo Squad, becomes a hero after a harrowing Iraq battle and is brought home temporarily for a victory tour. Through flashbacks, culminating at the spectacular halftime show of the Thanksgiving Day football game, what really happened to the squad is revealed, contrasting the realities of the war with America's perceptions. Based on the novel by Ben Fountain.

Cast: Joe Alwyn, Kristen Stewart, Chris Tucker, Garrett Hedlund, Makenzie Leigh, Vin Diesel, Steve Martin, Astro

Director: Ang Lee

Genres: Comedy drama

Production Co: Studio 8, TriStar Pictures, Ink Factory, Marc Platt Productions

Distributors: Sony Pictures Entertainment

Keywords: House, Emotional, Sacrifice, Transformation, Love interest, 2010s, Intense, Soldier, Brooding, Mother, Sister

Ratings & Reviews

  • 70
    David RooneyThe Hollywood Reporter

    An absorbing character study, even if it's ultimately not one that justifies its much-vaunted technological advances. show more

  • 50
    Tirdad DerakhshaniPhiladelphia Inquirer

    Like Clint Eastwood’s masterful 2006 WWII drama "Flags of Our Fathers," Lee’s film is as much about how we spin war stories as it is about war itself. Both involve a group of heroic soldiers sent home by the Pentagon to help drum up popular support. Both are made by filmmakers keenly aware that stories have the power to justify a war or turn the public against it. show more

  • 60
    David D'ArcyScreen International

    It’s a radiant debut for young newcomer Joe Alwyn, who plays a Texan war hero uneasy in his own land. It’s a shakier curtain-raising for Lee’s ambitious weaponising of new technologies. show more

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