I don’t recall this 2012 movie being played in a cinema here, and I was eager to find out why, especially since Liam Hemsworth is one of the male leads (and he has lots of young fans here).
The opening scene is promising enough – with footage of the first men landing on the moon and bluesy rock music. Hemsmith plays Mickey Wright, best friend of Dalton Joiner (played by Austin Stowell). It is 14 July 1969 and they are on a tour of duty in Vietnam. They are given a one-week R&R off.
Dalton has found out that his girlfriend Jane ( Aimee Teegarden) back home has dumped him and is in low spirits. Mickey convinces Dalton to go back to the States to change Jane’s mind and make it back to the war without getting caught.
Folk music play in the background when Dalton stands in front of Jane’s house with a bouquet of flowers. They make up and upbeat soul music is heard the morning after their reunion.
Jane and her friends are at the heart of an anti-war movement. Mickey is attracted to Jane’s beautiful, committed activist friend Candice (Teresa Palmer). Acoustic guitar music and singing is heard when they are at a park and folksy music when they’re at home.
Jane wants Dalton to change his name and stay but he wants to finish the tour as he’s not a deserter. He proposes to Jane and there’s sentimental music in the background. Mickey suggests they go out to celebrate with friends before they return to ‘Nam and upbeat music amplify their mood.The music becomes distorted when Dalton finds one of their male friends groping Jane. Jane demands Dalton leave, and Mickey goes after him. Here, soft music plays.
When the young couple gets back together and frolick in the waters, there’s again upbeat acoustic guitar music. Later, when Dalton and Jane have a conversation, the music turns lighter as Jane tearfully tries to return the ring while Mickey waits for them to finish saying their goodbyes.
During the drive to the airport, the music suddenly turn percussive as Dalton suddenly decides to turn back for Mickey to go and look for Candice. But soulful music play when Candice asks him to leave. . .
Back in Vietnam, as the mates are trying to find out where the pair have been during the week, slow rock music play in the background.
Other than the music ( I counted about 20, including some song sung), I don’t think there isn’t a movie with the backdrop of a landmark period in 1969 not better than this one. It is hence not surprising that an ardent movie goer like me did not know if this movie was ever screened in cinemas here.