Everyman’s War (DVD Review)11 May, 2010 By: John Latchem
Stars Cole Carson, Lauren Bair, Michael J. Prosser, Sean McGrath, Eric Martin Reid, Brian Julian.
Everyman’s War tells the true story of the 94th Infantry, which was charged with holding off a German tank division in the snow-covered hills around Nennig, Germany, during the Battle of the Bulge in early 1945. The unit is led by Don Smith (Cole Carson), and includes the likes of Angelo Benedetto (Sean McGrath), a petty criminal who avoids jail by agreeing to serve in the Army.
Such details help effectively convey that these are regular people thrust into devastating circumstances, not some special class of warrior bred for combat.
One of the primary motifs of the film takes the form of letters written between soldiers and their loved ones. Key to the story is a letter Don hopes to send to a girl named Dorine (Lauren Bair). As he continues to write it, the letter itself turns into a symbol of what he’s fighting for and becomes far too sentimental to part with.
The film is directed by Thad T. Smith and is adapted from a novel by Craig Smith — both are the real-life Don’s sons. This is, in essence, the story of their existence. In fact, the film is bookended by scenes set in the present in which Don learns (via a letter, of course) that he is the last surviving member of his team, which triggers a flashback.
Everyman’s War comes across as something of a Band of Brothers-lite. It manages to make the most of a meager budget ($720,000 according to IMDb.com) and no star power to deliver a quality product that appropriately honors the bravery and sacrifice of those who fought for their country.
More details about the disc can be found at everymanswarthemovie.com.