Misrepresentation of the Afghan war completely. Terrible to take advantage of service members by making a sham of a movie. Nothing, I say again, nothing is correct in this "movie".
4 of 5 stars
This sports drama was really good. Ali Afshar, Michael Roark, Allison Paige, Trace Adkins, and the rest of the cast did a fantastic job in this movie. The plot to the movie was dramatic and inspirational. It's about defying the odds and fighting for your family. This is a movie for everyone. If you haven't seen this movie yet, I suggest that you check it out sometime. It's a must see.
3.5 of 5 stars
Predictable and formulaic yet uplifting and heartfelt. An engaging movie.
4 of 5 stars
Bennett's War is inspirational and exhilarating with its storytelling. It is buoyed by unique performances and apt cinematography. The movie is a worthwhile watch in theaters at full price.
The film follows Marshall Bennett (Michael Roark), a riding prodigy who rode for the Army Ranger Motorcycle Unit. One accident cost him a broken back and leg. After being medically discharged, he is told that one more accident could mean he may never walk again. When he gets home to his family farm, he discovers that his dad Cal (Trace Adkins) is behind in the mortgage and may lose the farm. All odds in his way, Bennett pledges to help his family by doing the one thing he does best, get back on his bike and ride.
Michael Roark, as Marshall, triumphantly portrays the hero. His love for bikes and service for the military add inspirational layers for all to follow. His honor to help his dad is also extremely touching. Roark well rounds all these angles with nuance. Trace Adkins, as Cal, soars with his deep, gravelly voice adding character. The scene with Allison Paige who plays Sophie, Marshall's wife, and Cal is my favorite scene in the movie. In this scene, Sophie is worried about Marshall participating in motor cross racing. Cal's speech of his wife, who was a fighter pilot, is full of emotion and stellar acting between the two. Allison Paige also steals the show with a relatable romance and dedication to help Marshall. My favorite character in the movie is Ali Afshar's Cyrus. Afshar is uniquely hilarious, and his back story with Marshall adds an interesting mentor dynamic. Hunter Clowdus and Brando Eaton, as Chris and Kurt Walker, are formidable foes challenging Marshall with their macho appearance and physical prowess.
Alex Ranirevelo directs with fast-paced racing scenes being the main highlight. All the stunts are 100% real, adding the layer of excitement. Nowadays everything is too CGI and, it's good to see old school approaches like this. The flaws are in some rushed character development, especially as Sophie agrees with Marshall's decision to race. Also, some of the special effects during the war scenes are not very impressive. Despite this, they are short and serve to develop Marshall better in the long run.
The message of this film is about never giving up. Marshall moves forward from his injuries to pursue what he loves doing and to pay off bills. I give this film 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 10 to 18, due to brief war scenes and language.
Reviewed by Arjun N., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic. For more reviews by kids of films for kids, visit kidsfirst dot org.
5 of 5 stars
it is great movie lots of action and thrills...
3 of 5 stars
Bennett's War finally provides motorcross fans with a more enjoyable story and some great in-race footage however the incredibly cliched dialogue can't elevate this movie past anything but mediocre. That being said, its still a harmless view and a better option than the horrendous Supercross from 2005.
5 of 5 stars
I go to see movies to be entertained and Bennett's War fit the bill. Marshall Bennett's war is more about his struggles dealing with life and family than his military battles and each character had a battle of their own - and if you don't get that then the whole premise of the movie is lost on you. Convincing character portrayal by each cast member - edgy, heartwarming, funny, exciting, and fun. Thrilling homage to motocross racing with sharp race footage, I was rooting for the good guys, each fighting their own wars and rooting against the bad guys to falter. Everyone in our group agrees - absolutely entertaining and worth the admission price!
5 of 5 stars
Awesome movie! A very fun and unique movie. Combining the military and motorcross was super interesting. Not a big production movie, but super worth seeing
4 of 5 stars
So impressed by this film (that came from nowhere) — super solid acting, script, direction. You’ll love it!
4.5 of 5 stars
You'll be surprised how good of a movie this is! I really enjoyed the storyline, the relationships, and the racing. It was a lot of fun and very heartwarming. The lead actor does a good job of portraying life at home after being wounded in war and the emotional recovery.
It's a clean film so I'd categorize it as family friendly- there is some swearing and action scenes that aren't appropriate for younger kids, but overall it's GREAT!! I recommend it.