Films about veterans are always a touchy one, and films about vets with Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome are even more so. It takes a delicate hand to not make it seem exploitive, but also to still tell an interesting story. The best ones (such as Jim Sheridan’s Brothers) are the ones that juxtapose the need for normalcy with the impracticality of that need in light of the realities created by the scars of war.
Oliver Sherman, directed by first-timer Ryan Bedford, seeks to wade into those murky waters and find that balance. The trailer is a phenomenal one, qith a quiet, gentle tone that belies the obvious menace beneath the surface. Garret Dillahunt (Winter’s Bone, Last House On The Left) plays an unstable veteran who tracks down the man who saved his life (Donal Logue), only to find him content with his normal life, complete with wife (the amazing Molly Parker) and children. Strife ensues.
Yikes. The cast looks excellent — Logue continues to be underused, even though he works regularly, he doesn’t get nearly enough quality roles. Molly Parker is great in everything, be it “Deadwood” or the twisted masterpiece that is Kissed. And Dillahunt looks… calmly terrifying.
So, yes. I’m uncomfortably interested.