The Last Full Measure

The Last Full Measure ★★½

The Last Full Measure is a war film in the same vein as Born On The Fourth Of July but not as effective or memorable as its predecessor. A true story about a Vietnam war hero's friend trying to obtain a posthumous Medal Of Honor for his courage in Vietnam and the interview to make that happen does have some powerful scenes involving a great cast comprising of Samuel L Jackson, Ed Harris, William Hurt, Peter Fonda(in his final onscreen appearance) and Bradley Whitford among others, and while the stories are powerful, the film spends far longer on the process of approving the medal than it should and often meanders when it should have had some more dynamic story in its place. There are some really touching story moments that bring a lot of the actors together in an honest and heartfelt way but its the connecting tissue of the story that needed to be more dynamic.
Overall, The Last Full Measure is a good Vietnam war film that will also live in the shadow of more significant films on that era: Apocalypse Now, Platoon and Full Metal Jacket to name a few but it probably deserves better.

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