"Gripping Patriotic Drama"
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FLAG OF MY FATHER moves quickly. It has a compelling story that holds the viewer’s attention. The battle scenes are very dramatic without being gory. The performances are solid. There’s a strong Christian message. Judy goes back to save a fallen fellow soldier because he had not yet accepted Jesus as his Savior. Also, several characters quote the Bible. Finally, FLAG OF MY FATHER has a very strong patriotic theme. Some battle scenes may be too intense for very young children. Otherwise, FLAG OF MY FATHER is a meaningful, inspiring family movie.
(CC, BB PP, VV, AA, M) Strong Christian, moral worldview as characters quote Scripture and soldier says she had to go back for fallen comrade so he could have a chance to meet Jesus, with strong patriotic content, including much discussion of honor in battle and the meaning of the American flag; no foul language; some intense war violence with blood includes soldier shot in neck, multiple soldiers shot, truck explodes, off screen torture heard but not seen, badly wounded soldier is kicked by enemy; no sexual content; no nudity; drinking of alcohol and drunkenness; no smoking or drugs; and, veteran suffers from post-traumatic syndrome, family strife.
FLAG OF MY FATHER is a gripping movie of one family’s struggle to reconcile differences when the patriarchal father passes away. Judith and her father share a close bond, that is not shared by her stepbrothers, in part because her father served in Vietnam, and she served as a nurse in Iraq. Her brothers have taken offense at the fact that the two of them share something which they do not.
When their father dies suddenly, the rivalry of the siblings comes out in the open. The father’s veteran flag on his casket is given to the oldest brother, which sets off the conflicts. Judy says she was hoping to have the flag because it means so much to her: as a daughter and as a former soldier.
As the conflict increases between the siblings, Judy begins having nightmares related to post-traumatic syndrome. In flashbacks, it is established that Judy was indeed a hero. The brothers suddenly discover a shocking secret about their father’s medals, but it may be too late for the family to reconcile.
FLAG OF MY FATHER is dramatic and well told. The story moves quickly, keeping the viewer’s attention. The battle scenes are very dramatic without being gory. The performances are very solid, led by William Devane as the veteran father.
There’s a strong Christian, moral message in FLAG OF MY FATHER. Heroism is extolled. Also, Judy goes back to save a fallen fellow soldier because, in her previous conversations with him, he had not yet accepted Jesus as his Savior. Also, several characters quote the Bible. Finally, FLAG OF MY FATHER has a very strong patriotic theme as characters discuss what the American flag means to them.
FLAG OF MY FATHER has some battle sequences that may be too intense for very young children. With that one caveat, this is a meaningful, inspiring family movie.