I’ve always liked a good, hell even decent, war movie in the vein of Platoon, Gettysburg, Saving Private Ryan, and Hacksaw Ridge.
Oh, and Master and Commander, of course! Too bad that my namesake ended up on the cutting room floor for that one.
I got all debauched for nothing. Pfft, it figures.
You Smell What The Sloth Is Cookin’
Each one of these films gave us characters that we cared about, visceral action scenes unlike the during/post-WWII films rife with stock footage, and soldiers sacrificing themselves not for King and Country, but their fellow men.
The Last Full Measure will be added to the list, believe me.
Thirty-four years after his death, Airman William H. Pitsenbarger, Jr. (“Pits”) is awarded the nation’s highest military honor, for his actions on the battlefield.
The term “Last Full Measure” comes from Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.
“It is rather for us to be 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…”
Ol’ Abe did have a way with words, but I digress.
Written and directed by Todd Robinson(Phantom, Lonely Hearts), The Last Full Measure tells the true story of Airman Pitsenbarger and his actions during Operation Abilene in 1966.
An ensemble cast including Sebastian Stan, Samuel Jackson, Christopher Plummer, William Hurt(Hail Duke Leto!!) and Ed Harris will surely deliver strong performances.
Jeremy Irvine (War Horse, Treadstone) also stars at Airman Pitsenbarger, the air medic sent in to get wounded men out of a terrible situation certainly echoes fellow Medal of Honor winner Desmond Doss of Hacksaw Ridge fame.
The Last Full Measure hits theaters in January 2020 and will give you some post-Rise Of Soywalker relief.
“I prayed for a miracle. One came. His name is Pits.”