Gerald Wright's Movie Coverage
Tribeca Film Festival- April 25th-May 6th
2007, USA, 88 minutes (HD)
Directed & Edited by: Bryan Gunnar Cole
Editor A.C.E.: Bill Pamkow
New York, N.Y. The U.S. Military draft is back. You have thirty days to report...
This film follows the lives of three best friends in NYC who have thirty days to come to terms with their fate - the draft is back and they've been called to serve.
Dixon, Rifkin and Feller grew up together in New York. Living very different lives in the same city, their childhood friendship still binds them. The first draftee is George Rifkin (Chris Klein) is a married attorney whose career is on the move. He's from a wealthy and prestigeous family with a judge as a father. Rifkin has just made partner in his firm and is looking for a way out of serving. The second draftee Aaron Feller (Elijah Wood) a writer is working on his second novel. The first was a success, but now he's suffering from a writer's block. He's always been naive and a wimp serving is not a good thing for him. He has a therapist Dr.Reynolds (Ally Sheedy) who barely listens to his daily whining. He decides to make a top 10 list of things to do, contemplating he may never get to do these things. And the third draftee James Dixon (Jon Berthal) drives a cab, lives a solitary life, has a very passionate spirit and can be a hot head - he is ready, willing and able to serve - until he meets Patricia (Elisabeth Moss) and falls in love and now has something to lose. Over the thirty days, they will find their relationships tested as they confront long held beliefs about life, death, courage and love. This is a controversial movie ripping issues from the front pages of todays' tabloids. The tragic conclusion of this film gives real meaning to the slogan of "to serve with honor". This is a good solid film.
Gerald Wright is a film critic for Rotten Tomatoes.com and has also served as a film festival judge.
More of his work can be found at the following website: