Banners: Universal Pictures,
Producer: Jon Kilik
Director: Jason Hall
Cast: Miles Teller, Haley Bennett,
Joe Cole, Amy Schumer, Beulah Koale,
Writer: Jason Hall
Music: Thomas Newman
Thank You For Your Service is about a group of American soldiers who return home from the war in Iraq and struggle to live a normal civilian life even as gruesome memories of the conflict threaten to shatter their already fragile sanity.
Adam Schumann (Miles Teller) comes back to his wife Saskia (Haley Bennett) and their two young children and hopes to settle down to life as a regular husband and dad. When post-traumatic stress destroys his dream, Saskia approaches the Department of Veterans Affairs, which she believes can help her husband’s condition. But the department cannot scope with the flood of veterans needing help.
Adam then seeks solace in the company of his fellow soldiers from the war, Solo Aeiti (Beulah Koale) and Billy Waller (Joe Cole). Solo, afflicted with memory loss, finds it difficult to cope with everyday life. Next, Adam and Solo also have a meltdown after Billy shoots himself because of a broken marriage.
This incident leaves both veterans further scarred, and they have no option but to stand by each other through thick and thin. This is the crux of the story.
Jason Hall has filmed a tragic story, which will make the audience mull over the catastrophes of war for a long time. The locales of Iraq and impactful war scenes are gripping. The emotional agony and the pangs of guilt that wear down a war veteran have been crafted wonderfully. Although the end is a tad long-drawn, the performances make up for it.
Miles Teller and Beulah Koale have delivered performances that complement the script to a great extent. Their portrayal of soldiers battling their own demons in the battlefield of their own lives is noteworthy. If you’re fond of war movies and are interested in the human toll that these conflicts take, then this is a must watch.
Verdict: Worth watching.