You know that your teacher has gotten a bit behind in planning for your class when you watch a movie that has absolutely nothing to do with the curriculum of that class. Regardless, I did get to watch a movie in class on a day that I did not expect to watch one.
This film seemed like a sad movie that existed for two reasons: to pay tribute and to be sad. This seems like something that would be kept to watch to remember someone, not a movie that someone would watch for enjoyment. One of my classmates even said, "The plot was surprisingly simple." It was. The movie even had a bit of a preachy feeling to it, telling you to honor members of the Armed Forces. This is an important message, but a full movie doesn't need to be used to get that across.
That being said, Kevin Bacon does a very good job in his role. His character is likable, and he does a good job expressing emotion. There really aren't any supporting actors of note, especially because I don't think that another actor shares more than five minutes of screen time with Bacon within the film.
So overall, "Taking Chance" is a decent watch, but it is by no means phenomenal. If you catch it on TV, it will keep you interested, and Kevin Bacon is great, but otherwise, it's not really worth the effort.
Big Tuna's Rating: C+
How Did I Watch It?: DVD/Blu-Ray in a class.
Had I Seen It Before?: Yes.
Would I Watch It Again?: Probably not.
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