Parents' Guide to

Taking Chance

By Will Wade, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Poignant, apolitical look at how soldiers honor their dead.

Movie NR 2009 77 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 15+

A very watchable flick

This was one of the great films of the year. Kevin Bacon did an outstanding job depicting the colonel. It seems obvious that he really did his homework researching the duties and responsibilities of our body escorts. The story line is sad but uplifting at the same time.
age 10+

Teaches respect for sacrafice.

This is a wonderful movie that teaches about our military sacrafice and the respect and reverence they deserve.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (2 ):

Though the presence of death looms heavy in TAKING CHANCE, this quiet and thoughtful film focuses not on combat but on the aftermath. It shines a light on a rarely-seem part of military culture: how the living honor the fallen. Civilians may be surprised by the magnitude of the military's funeral apparatus, including a team of morticians trained to reverently prepare bodies mangled by warfare, and the escorts who safeguard the coffins on their final journeys and respectfully stand at attention as their charges pass by at every transit point.

Taking Chance shows how this duty affects not only Strobl, but also the ordinary citizens he meets on the journey. Some of these civilians are not shy about voicing their opposition to the war in Iraq, but without exception they show nothing but support for Phelps and his fallen brethren. Despite the polarizing politics that surround the conflict, the emotional film makes clear that the soldiers on the ground deserve admiration and respect for taking on a dangerous and often deadly mission.

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