American Son

American Son

On DVD: 
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Running Time: 
86 minutes
Bonus Features

On Leave In Bakersfield: Behind The Scenes Of American Son, Deleted Scenes, Commentary

Mike is heading home for 96 hours to spend some time with his family and see some of his friends before shipping off to Iraq. On the bus ride home he meets Cristina a beautiful smart girl with big dreams. During his 96 hours Mike decides he isn’t going to tell anyone that he will be going to Iraq tries to have fun and push aside his worries. He parties, spends time with his parents, and falls hard for Cristina. But when everyone finds out he is going to Iraq hearts are broken and a 19 year old has to face the choices that he has made.

“American Son” is not political and it is not an action/war movie. You will follow Mike (Nick Cannon) who chose the military as a way to stay out of trouble and make a life for himself. He discovers he will be sent to Iraq and has no idea really how to handle it or how to tell others he is going. In a case of bad timing he falls in love and even learns more about his friends and family. As the time for him to be shipped out closes in you can start to see cracks in his outwardly calm exterior and see the fear and worry come out in his loved ones.

Now this isn’t the first time something like this has been done and I’m sure it is not the last. It is one of the better ones I have seen though as the focus tends to be more on the individual than trying to address war as a whole. It is a straight drama with a few touches of romance and a tiny bit of comedy to try and break up how heavy the story is. The chemistry between Nick Cannon and Melonie Diaz is surprisingly realistic and touching.

Strong story and decent acting but certainly a mood movie even for those that enjoy dramas.

Review by Pandora
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