TAKING CHANCE (Ross Katz)


TAKING CHANCE is the stirring true story of a soldier's dedication to another soldier whom he doesn't even know, but felt it is his duty to bring him home. Kevin Bacon leads this HBO original movie as Lt. Col. Michael Strobl, who goes on a cross country trip to bring home the remains of Private First Class Chance Phelps to his family back in Wyoming.

While the plot is paper thin, what makes TAKING CHANCE a must-see is the inspired performance of Bacon, and Ross Katz' relaxed pacing. Bacon as Strobl gears completely into character, while Katz masterfully weaves through every fine detail, like the folding of a flag, an Officer's salute, or the opening of the casket. 

Moreover, you can clearly see how taking Chance back home has deeply affected Strobl's life. It made him realize that he has an important role in the armed forces, and his doubts about his existence were clearly answered on his journey of self-discovery.

The original score by Marcelo Zarvos helped carry the narrative in a subtle and poignant way. 

Aside from being a triumphant human drama, TAKING CHANCE also pays a great deal of respect to a nation's fallen warriors, giving them the honor and reverence that they deserve. 

RATING: 5/5

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