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This grim, locally produced drama stars Keith Compton as an embittered marine just returned home to Chicago after four years of fighting in Iraq. Besides several improbable developments—including the main character picking up where he left off with his girlfriend after four years of silence—director Daniel J. Pico, who also cowrote the screenplay, fails to achieve a consistent tone, shifting from social realism to psychological drama to melodrama. Still, largely due to Compton's intense performance, there's enough to hold one's attention until the final act, when the overwrought dialogue and labored plot machinations derail the film's credibility. With BriAnna Weaver, David Bianchi, and Circus-Szalewski. 96 min.

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