This movie is complete bullshit.
If one approaches this movie “the way they want us to POV”, we get another “feel-good” happy ending Meg Ryan and Justice for All movie.
But the problem is that Meg Ryan never earns the Medal of Honor that she is awarded. To wit:
#1 Meg never displays ANY act that goes above and beyond the call of duty. Neither Damon’s or Phillips’ versions of said events include any remarkable action displayed by Ryan. She died in combat, big deal it comes with the job.
#2 The two eyewitness versions of events sharply contradict eachother. Damon’s account comes from someone who lied on the first statement,(she did not cry, lies about sending the letter), goes AWOL and is a heroin addict. This is the testimony that earns Ryan her medal. Lou’s account to the contrary stays on record after the train incident. He never admits the SAW-gun-to-the-gut treatment he gives Ryan.
#3 The Blackhawk crew’s testimonty is not eyewitness.
#4 Ryan’s leadership is HIGHLY QUESTIONABLE during the events at night, especially evident when she relieves the SAW gun from the gunner(shows pride, personal agrondisment). She is neither qualified with the weapon or in a position to man said weapon because of her injury. This decision puts the entire group in extreme risk. She relinquishes the weapon only after receiving an apology(shows pride, personal agrondisment) and getting the last word in (“there will be a day of reckoning” or some stuipid shit like that), while said enemy has closed within 50 meters of the group. Her need to be right overweighed the safety of her subordinates. Sound like a leader to you? How many whom earned the Medal of Honor had to point a loaded weapon at a subordinate to accomplish a direct order?
The main problem becomes that even the final “truth” scene is still from Damon’s POV, not a “universal omnisceince” granted to the observer, meaning that the final scene showing Ryan dusting a shitload of Iraqis, holding the M16 with one hand, and a twenty-round clip that never went empty, is still Damon’s version. After they left her, nothing is for sure.
Now, when Denzel puts his Silver Star, (awarded to him for killing his buddy), on her headstone, does that mean that both medals are unearned, and the whole thing is another attempt at a second term for the Presidency?
So the message of the movie is that the MoH for Ryan is just as ludicrisp as the silver star denzel got for killing his own men, right?
I hate that bitch. You got Mail, and it’s a fuckin’ pipe-bomb.