I have one cousin and several friends over in Iraq right now.  I couldn’t imagine being over there because I don’t like following orders and I really don’t like it when people are trying to kill me.  But these people who went over there to fight are sometimes escaping from something over here.  Now there is a movie that poignantly illustrates that fact and it’s ready for you on DVD today!

Starting this August 25th, now available on DVD from Map Point Pictures and Miramax Films comes a chilling and compelling story of coming of age in your last free 96 hours.  American Son is ready to march out of your television screen and fill your living room with this highly moving and emotional story of a young man on the verge of shipping out to Iraq.  Bring home this Sundance darling today!

Mike Holland is nineteen and he is a United States Marine.  What’s more, he is on a 96 hour leave for Thanksgiving before he is shipped off to Iraq for over a year.  On the Greyhound ride home, he meets Christine, a beautiful.  With only four days left in America, Mike hangs out with old friends and his fractured family while he still can.  Only he hasn’t told any of them that he’s leaving for Iraq on Monday.  As he falls in love with Christine and spends more time with her, he sees other parts of his life fall apart one by one.  And once Mike starts telling people that he’s going to Iraq, then the emotional pressure begins to build as he struggles with the emotional minefield that his life has become.  How will Mike cope with all this as his deadline to leave keeps drawing nearer?  This movie stars Nick Cannon, Melonie Diaz, Matt O’Leary, Tom Sizemore, April Grace, Jay Hernandez and Chi McBride and was directed by Neil Abramson.

The special features included in this DVD are a selection of deleted scenes, an optional audio commentary from director Neil Abramson and producers Danielle Renfrew and Michael Roiff and a look behind the scenes at the making of this movie.  Although they certainly tried hard, these special features are a little disappointing.  This movie leaves behind much fertile ground but these special features are little more than empty space.

Nick Cannon, you left me completely amazed at your performance in this movie.  I had no clue that he could bring this type of seriousness and emotional nuance into a movie.  It is fitting that this movie both begins and ends with a Greyhound bus ride, because, as a veteran of some Greyhound rides of my own, they both share this feeling of being trapped in less than ideal situations and bring with them a shifting sense of malaise and general regret.  The music in the film is magnificent, veering from hardcore gangster rap to guitar driven instrumentals reminiscent of Explosions In The Sky.  It does much to set the mood for each season and is an invaluable tool.  This movie is painfully honest and is a wonderful picture into the lives of those who go on to serve our nation from an urban background.  This is a fantastic movie and it’s surprising that it isn’t more popular.  It certainly deserves to be better known.

This is a real look at the modern American life.

This DVD is available at Amazon.com.

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