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'Thank you' tries gratitude, but falls short of anything deep

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Preston Barta

Thank You For Your Service (2.5 stars) - Movies about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder are difficult to pull off. All too often when it’s the primary focus of a film it falters, such as with last year’s Man Down, starring Shia LaBeouf. Now we swap LaBeouf for Miles Teller (Only the Brave, another role where he plays a first responder-type) and fictional story for a true one. Teller portrays Adam Schumann, a soldier who comes home to a world he’s no longer in touch with after a mission that's gone wrong. The gravity of the illness and how the United States government treats its returning troops is undoubtedly a serious matter. The main issue with Thank You For Your Service is all the heavy-handed drama built around the film’s central themes. The performances are committed and the filmmakers’ hearts are in the right place (which is especially shown in one key scene where Teller’s character is told by a superior to not be seen seeking help because it makes the army look bad), but the movie doesn’t meet the necessary criteria to make it the powerful movie the real heroes deserve. Rated R, 108 minutes.