At the very heart of this film is the relationship between these two characters, John and Wayne. For David, this role of the somewhat impudent Wayne is a bit of a departure from the roles I am used to seeing him portray, but he plays the part of this peculiar man faultlessly, and the interactions between his character and John are exceptional. While I was unfamiliar with Kevin, I found that he the portrayal he gave of his character was the ideal foil for David’s rough-around-the-edges character. They provide much of the humor in the film, but there are also some highly dramatic parts definitely worth noting as well. On the shoulders of these two competent men rest the bulk of the film’s story, and I found myself especially intrigued by the story they were recounting through flashback. Though a myriad of pitfalls bombard these two unlikely companions, the end is never in question. But as with most movies of this genre, it is the journey to the destination that makes the ride entertainingly worthwhile.
It was an unexpected delight to see “Uncle Si” appear in this film, and although he was the gas station attendant, come on, we know he was really playing himself. He brings his signature wit and demeanor to the role, and it warms my heart to see the Robertson family making the rounds in Christian films today. Long may that continue.
Seeing Candace Cameron Bure in the film was another welcome surprise. As I have followed her for the majority of her career, I have been consistently impressed with her talent as well as her stalwart devotion to her Christian faith in spite of any stumbling blocks or snares in her way. She is always beautiful, and when she acts, it is purely effortless. There are few people who are born with the innate ability to act, and she is decidedly one of them. I am devoted to everything about her, and my support will always be with her. In this role, though small, she makes a memorable contribution as only she can.
In the flashback sections of the film, we are treated the acting abilities of Sean and Scott in the roles of the soldiers who gave everything they had in Vietnam. Although I am unfamiliar with the acting of these two, they fit their roles quite well and give noteworthy performances. While I know very little about the actual horrors of the Vietnam War, what I have heard is enough for me to realize that even after all this time, that war is looked back upon with great difficulties due to public perception, official decisions, and horrendous conditions.
This actor, however, is one whose last name is well-known in Hollywood (though he is not like his notorious brother, for which we can all be grateful). I have had the privilege of seeing Stephen in at least one other film, and his prowess certainly lives up to the acting reputation associated with this name. I hope to continue to see him featured in more films as I believe his talent and his faith are exactly what is needed in the film industry today.
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