Based on the true experiences of Lt. Colonel Michael Strobl, who wrote eloquently of them in a widely circulated 2004 article, Taking Chance is a profoundly emotional look at the military rituals taken to honor its war dead, as represented by a fallen Marine killed in Iraq, Lance Corporal Chance Phelps. Working as a strategic analyst at Marine Corps Base Quantico in VA, Lt. Col. Strobl (Kevin Bacon) learns that Phelps had once lived in his hometown, and volunteers to escort the body to its final resting place in Wyoming. As Strobl journeys across America, he discovers the great diligence and dignity in how the military, and all those involved with preparing and transporting the body, handle their duties. Equally important, he encounters hundreds of people affected by Chance's death, a vast majority of whom never knew him. This collective grieving eventually causes Lt. Col. Strobl, a veteran of Desert Storm now assigned to office duty, to probe his own guilt about not re-deploying to Iraq for the current conflict. Arriving in Wyoming, Lt. Col. Strobl completes his catharsis when he encounters Chance's gracious family and friends, and discovers an extraordinary outpouring of community support. (Not Rated)
Watched on Amazon PrimeBy LHH2000AZ, Submitted on 2015-06-07
Enjoyed this movie even though it is a tragedy that happens during war. A fallen Marine taken home by his brother.
Great MovieBy Mary, Submitted on 2015-02-25
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This is an excellent movie. It is very somber in parts. The movie takes you through the process of how the Marines prepare and care for the body of a fallen comrad. Then it takes you through the journey of going home. Kevin Bacon does an excellent job in this movie as the Colonel who escorts the fallen soldier home. Very Touching. This is based on a true story.