Just saw this exceptional movie in Palo Alto, California today. The two-theater plex in which it is being shown is showing it on both screens, which I hope is a harbinger of doing well here. All the performances were incredible. And it was amazing how quickly they killed off both Guy Pearce and Ralph Fiennes. Jeremy Renner's performance was unforgettable. Just when I'm agreeing with Sgt. Sanborn that they should "frag" him while they have the chance, other facets of his character are revealed. My fingernails were deep into my palms the whole movie, but nothing was gratuitous. Anthony Mackie was also outstanding. The scene where he asks James how he does it, with his face so somber, clearly feeling some post-traumatic stress disorder, is amazing. As is James' response. Nothing profound: "I just don't think about it." The movie, to me, demonstrates that those exceptional humans who win Congressional Medals of Honor, etc., are just wired differently than the average soldier just trying to survive.
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