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Badland (2007)

Badland

Overview


Genre

Drama

Release Date

November 30, 2007 (Limited)

MPAA Rating

R

Production Budget

$10 millions

Studio

Badland Corporation

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Not quite bad, but it's not recommended either.    Readers  3 of 5 [Rate It]

Cast and Crew


Director

Francesco Lucente

Producer

Olimpia Lucente, Jorg Neumann

Screenwriter

Francesco Lucente

Starring

  • Jamie Draven
  • Grace Fulton
  • Vinessa Shaw as Nora Rice
  • Chandra West
  • Joe Morton

Story


Jerry is a Marine reservist who was a young patriot and idealist when he served in the first Gulf War. But when he is called up for deployment to Afghanistan and Iraq, Jerry is a father of three; older and embittered by a life besieged by broken promises, and unfulfilled desires.

Jerry returns a changed man, transformed by horrors committed that go beyond comprehension and sanity, pain inflicted that cannot be forgiven. He lives a life of poverty, his children afraid of his unexplained outbursts of rage, his wife, Nora, unsympathetic to the nosebleeds and night terrors he suffers. She hides money her sons earn from their paper route in case they need to leave. Their crowded trailer home becomes a prison. His failure as a man, his actions as a soldier, is the punishment which they share. He realizes that the respect and dignity he has spent his life trying to achieve will always elude him.

When Jerry discovers that Nora has betrayed him, his anger and despair drive him to commit an act so heinous and irreversible that nothing he has experienced in combat could have prepared him for.

Badland is a gut-wrenching, poignant look at the aftermath of war on a returning Iraq war veteran and his family. It is the story of a man who loses his soul and how a daughter's love and faith brings redemption to his unspeakable crimes.

Badland costars Jamie Draven, Grace Fulton, Joe Morton, Vinessa Shaw and Chandra West featuring songs from Bruce Springsteen, Ray Lamontage, and Joe Morton. The film, distributed by Badland Corporation, opens November 30, 2007 in New York and Los Angeles.

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..The year's dullest movie..”
by Kyle Smith [New York Post]
“..Possibly the worst idea for a movie this century..”
by Jack Mathews [NY Daily News]
“..unflinchingly illuminates the toll exacted by the Iraq War in a raw, deeply personal and completely compelling manner..”
by Kevin Thomas [LA Times]