Actor/writer David Haig pens and stars in this war drama tracing author Rudyard Kipling's search for his seventeen year old son after the boy is reported missing during World War I. Jack Kipling (Daniel Radcliffe) has vanished, prompting concerned parents Rudyard (Haig) and his wife to set out in search of their son. Based on the 1997 play of the same name, this BAFTA-nominated drama co-stars Kim Cattrall and Carey Mulligan. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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I wanted very badly to see this movie after hearing about it being released on TV in the UK last year. I am a fan of Kipling's works as well as a fan of Daniel Radcliffe & was very impressed with the acting of David Haig, Kim Cattrall, & Dan Radcliffe. However, this was one of the most heartbreaking stories I have ever watched. I have not seen hardly any movies depicting WWI, I have mostly seen war movies about Viet Nam, Iraq, & a few of WWII. Seeing how the battle of Loos in France was shown in the movie just tore me apart watching it. I also watched the interviews with the main actors in the DVD extras & understand more what David Haig was trying to show. How horrible & senseless war is & no amount of propaganda can change that. I highly recommend this movie to any that can take seeing the tragedy of war, it is an excellent film.
An excellent narrative about a very famous author's son during the first
World War...John Kipling brilliantly played by Daniel Radcliffe is eager
to go to war even though he's severely nearsighted..the father, Rudyard
Kipling urges him on with a hesitant mother and sister..the film shows the utter folly and stupidity of war in no uncertain terms..it was like sending the men to a slaughterhouse in going over the top..no real
strategy..virtually no protection from the incessant machine gun fire of
the enemy; this film like many others of that fatal war illustrates the
pure insanity..like Gallipoli for one..war is the highest achievement of
madness of the human species. this film is a superlative example.
The very sad story of a famous English family who lost their 18-year old son in WW1. Going into the film, I was ready to dislike the Rudyard Kipling character, as I could scarcely imagine any father encouraging his visually impaired son to become an Army combat officer. But I changed my mind. Yes, Kipling was ultra-nationalistic, but he was also a proud dad, an enthralling storyteller, and someone who recognized his awful mistake. Jack appears in about half the film; in the rest, his anguished family tries to find someone who saw him in his final moments. A universal, timeless tale.