Soldier Brandon King (Ryan Phillippe) has finished a tour of duty in Iraq and looks forward to his civilian life. His plans are changed when the Army informs him hes been stop-lossed and must return to combat, even though hes completed his contractual duties. Brandon goes on the run, a decision that has a big effect on his life, and the lives of his family and those in his platoon. Directed by Kimberly Peirce, who made the excellent Boys Dont Cry
, the movie drifts into melodrama at times, but remains compelling. Phillippe, fighting a rather disruptive Southern drawl, does some good work as the troubled soldier, as does Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a member of his platoon dealing with alcohol dependency. Stop-Loss
is not a great film, but something worth seeing.