American Son
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A young man tries to tie up some loose ends before he goes to war in this independent drama from director Neil Abramson. Mike Holland (Nick Cannon) is nineteen years old and has just completed his basic training as a private in the United States Marine Corps. Mike has a four-day leave so he can visit his family for Thanksgiving, and then has orders for combat duty in Iraq. Mike wants to spend time with his family and friends before he ships out, but he doesn't want to tell anyone that he'll be stationed in Iraq. While taking the bus home to Bakersfield, California, Mike meets Cristina… More

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"It may be the first Iraq war-related movie that can equally appeal to both left and right"
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, L.A. Weekly
"ends up being one of the strongest entries in the growing list of films about Iraq even though, ultimately, it probably doesn't belong on that list at all."
‑ David Thomas,
"American Son is one of the few modern takes on the material that never once apologizes for its warrior-in-waiting."
‑ Bill Gibron, PopMatters
"Though well acted and occasionally poignant, this coming of age story of a black soldier on leave is too familiar and conventional to play in competition in a fest like Sundance."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Stirringly told, American Son dramatizes a harsh social reality and tributes this nation's fighting force."
‑ Duane Byrge, Hollywood Reporter
"The sort of movie that folks who are addicted to a Tom Cruise-style action sequence every three minutes might dismiss as one in which "nothing happens.""
‑ Brian Webster, Apollo Guide
"Meticulously crafted, low-budget, excellently performed character piece that resonates with integrity as it shows us one more example of what an American son looks like."
‑ Jules Brenner, Cinema Signals
"This soldier's story proves interesting but insubstantial."
‑ Todd Gilchrist, IGN Movies
"This is conventional dramatic material played with an occasionally heavy hand, but sculpted with care and quiet assurance by helmer Neil Abramson."
‑ Justin Chang, Variety
"Several anti-war films have come along in the past couple of years calling out the war in Iraq. They've covered various conspiracies, big personalities and the front lines. But, perhaps, none have been as human as Neil Abramson's American Son."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Movie Views
"A powerful yet nuanced work"
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
"Blessed with a powerful, honest screenplay."
‑ Eric D. Snider,
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