Turned out, as you probably know, that it related to the Vietnam War, and Cambodia in particular. That evening, I learned some things about my friend that I didn't know. Like that his dad was really his stepdad. His real dad died in Cambodia.
It was a fairly emotional night for both of us.
I was vaguely aware of the Vietnam War as a child, but only vaguely. It had never occurred to me before then that real people, you know, like friends' dads, had died there.
The synopsis of Faith of Our Fathers reminded me so much of that friend of mine.
About the movie:
John Paul and Wayne are two young men in search of their fathers. Problem is...their fathers have been dead for 25 years. Eddie and Steven are two young men in search of their sons...whom they've never met. In 1969, Eddie and Steven are with their squad deep in the jungle of Vietnam on a five-day mission to retrieve fallen comrades. They write letters to their wives, often mentioning their love for their sons, one, who is an infant and one yet to be born. In 1994, John Paul and Wayne go on a five day road trip to the Vietnam Wall in Washington DC to see their fathers' names. Along the way, reading those letters, they begin to get an understanding of who their fathers were and how they died. Trials and mishaps, both funny and sad, complicate the road trip for the boys. The horrors of war and the testing of faith manifest themselves for the young men in Vietnam. Ultimately, in parallel stories - 25 years apart - the fathers and sons are bound together forever.John Paul and Wayne are a little younger than my friend, but the whole idea of seeking to know the father you never got to know in real life struck me. I know every war results in casualties -- and many of those men would have left behind children who never knew them. It seems that the Vietnam War resulted in so many more of those situations.
Maybe the anti-war protests and the horrible treatment of returning soldiers made some of this even worse for these kids.
It is something to think about. And I think movies like this are important. We get a chance to identify with both sides -- the fathers and the sons who were left behind.
Check out the trailer:
I have to say that there was definitely a fair amount of scenes that felt pretty contrived, and there was some awkward dialogue.
Even still, I was cheering for a positive ending (knowing I wouldn't truly get a happy one).
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