Oh. My. Gosh. This movie moved me to places I didn’t know existed. It not only shows – extremely poignantly – the best that America is. It showed me a place in myself that I had never before seen.
Chance Phelps was killed in Iraq, and Taking Chance portrays his trip back home. Yes, I said ‘killed’ in Iraq and ‘his trip back home.’ I had never before realized the reverence, respect and care afforded to our Honored Fallen. Taking Chance shows exactly how much attention is paid to detail in honoring our Fallen.
PFC Phelps is escorted across the country, from the time he lands in the United States, through the ‘cleaning up’ process, and through several airports. He is greeted at home by his family, which includes several former and current members of the military. We learn what happened through the eyes of his buddy, who survives to tell it. We watch as the entire town honors Chance and lays him to rest, finally at home.
I was so incredibly touched. Amazingly, it is not graphic or coarse. It is gentle, tender – and can certainly be viewed by the family. Should I ever have the privilege of being a full-time teacher in my own right, my students will see this film. I believe everyone should see this film – those that love America, and especially those who do not. It shows the best of the best of the best, sir!
What family movies have touched you recently?