Thank You for Your Service Explores the Aftermath of the Iraq War Through the Eyes of the Returning Soldier

Thank You for Your Service began as the 2013 book by the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Finkel. Finkel spent eight months embedded with the soldiers of an infantry battalion, and his resulting book examined the lives of those soldiers as they returned from the war in Iraq. Theirs was the process of picking up the threads of the lives they’d known before being shipped off to fight the forces of Saddam Hussein. Director Jason Hall (American Sniper) helmed the movie from his script based on Finkel’s book. For Hall, the story carried personal import: His brother had been one of the many soldiers who participated in that war. Hall recalls that his brother returned from the war somewhat changed by the experience in that he wouldn’t discuss what he’d done or seen. Hall wanted to bring that sort of raw emotion to the screen. In adapting Finkel’s book, Hall searched for a protagonist on whom to focus. He found such a man in the person of Adam Schumann, portrayed in the film by Miles Teller. Teller is joined in the cast by Haley Bennett, Joe Cole, Beulah Koale, Amy Schumer, and Scott Haze, among others.

RottenTomatoes critics have given the film a score of 77, while audiences come in slightly higher at 78.

Thank You for Your Service is rated R and runs 1 hour 48 minutes.

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