Movie Review: THE LAST FULL MEASURE

By Lauren - April 29, 2020

"It is rather for us here dedicated to the great task remaining before us, that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion." 
- Abraham Lincoln



THE LAST FULL MEASURE tells the true story of Vietnam War hero William H. Pitsenbarger (Jeremy Irvine), a U.S. Air Force Pararescuemen (also known as a PJ) medic who personally saved over sixty men.  During a rescue mission on April 11, 1966, he was offered the chance to escape on the last helicopter out of a combat zone heavily under fire, but he stayed behind to save and defend the lives of his fellow soldiers of the U.S. Army’s 1st Infantry Division, before making the ultimate sacrifice in one of the bloodiest battles of the war.  Thirty-two years later, respected Pentagon staffer Scott Huffman (Sebastien Stan) on a career fast-track is tasked with investigating a Congressional Medal of Honor request for Pitsenbarger made by his best friend and PJ partner on the mission (William Hurt) and his parents (Christopher Plummer & Diane Ladd).   Huffman seeks out the testimony of Army veterans who witnessed Pitsenbarger’s extraordinary valor, including Takoda (Samuel L. Jackson), Burr (Peter Fonda) and Mott (Ed Harris). But as Huffman learns more about Pitsenbarger’s courageous acts, he uncovers a high-level conspiracy behind the decades-long denial of the medal, prompting him to put his own career on the line to seek justice for the fallen airman. 

 William Pitsenbarger. Photo courtesy of National Museum of the United States Air Force
It took 32 years for Airman William H. Pitsenbarger to receive a posthumous Congressional Medal of Honor for his extraordinary heroism during the Battle of Xa Cam My. It took another 20 years for writer-director Todd Robinson to bring to the screen The Last Full Measure, the feature film honoring Pitsenbarger’s sacrifice and his comrades’ quest to see his valor recognized by the country he so nobly served.
A riveting and emotionally stirring drama of courage, sacrifice and loyalty, The Last Full Measure features a stellar cast that includes Bradley Whitford, Amy Madigan, Alison Sudol and Linus Roache. The Last Full Measure stars Sebastian Stan (Avengers: Endgame, I, Tonya), Oscar® winner Christopher Plummer (Beginners, All the Money in the World) and Oscar winner William Hurt (Kiss of the Spider Woman, A History of Violence) with Oscar nominee Ed Harris (“Westworld,” Pollock) and Oscar nominee Samuel L. Jackson (Avengers: Endgame, Pulp Fiction). The film also stars Dale Dye (Platoon, The Purge: Anarchy), Oscar nominee Peter Fonda (Easy Rider, Ulee’s Gold), LisaGay Hamilton (“Sorry for Your Loss,” Vice), Jeremy Irvine (War Horse, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again), Oscar nominee Diane Ladd (Wild at Heart, Joy), Oscar nominee Amy Madigan (Twice in a Lifetime, Gone Baby Gone), Linus Roache (“Homeland,” Batman Begins), John Savage (The Deer Hunter, The Thin Red Line), Alison Sudol (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, “Transparent”) and Bradley Whitford (Get Out, “The Handmaid’s Tale”). The Last Full Measure is written and directed by Todd Robinson.

Sebastian Stan in THE LAST FULL MEASURE
Photo Credit: Jackson Lee Davis; Courtesy of Roadside Attractions
This was a moving and beautiful film with fantastic acting and storytelling. It’s sad to see that films like these rarely get made in Hollywood anymore so definitely go and support this one by seeing it next week. Be sure to bring tissues.

The Last Full Measure comes out January 24th, 2020.


My article was originally posted here on Channel 1138.

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