A re­mark­able vic­tory tour

BILLY LYNN’S LONG HALF­TIME WALK

Jamaica Gleaner - - ENTERTAINMENT -

TWO-TIME ACADEMY Award win­ner Ang Lee brings his ex­tra­or­di­nary vi­sion to Billy Lynn’s Long Half­time Walk, based on the widely acclaimed, best­selling novel. The film is told from the point of view of 19-year-old private Billy Lynn (new­comer Joe Al­wyn), who, along with his fel­low sol­diers in Bravo Squad, be­comes a hero af­ter a har­row­ing Iraq bat­tle and is brought home tem­po­rar­ily for a vic­tory tour.

Through flash­backs, cul­mi­nat­ing at the spec­tac­u­lar half­time show of the Thanks­giv­ing Day foot­ball game, the film re­veals what re­ally hap­pened to the squad – con­trast­ing the re­al­i­ties of the war with Amer­ica’s per­cep­tions.

The film also stars Kris­ten Ste­wart, Chris Tucker, Gar­rett Hed­lund, with Vin Diesel, and Steve Martin. Lee used new tech­nol­ogy, shoot­ing at an ul­tra­high frame rate for the first time in film his­tory, to cre­ate an im­mer­sive dig­i­tal ex­pe­ri­ence, help­ing him to drama­tise war in a way never seen be­fore. Lee directed and pro­duced the film, from a screen­play by JeanChristophe.

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