Allegiance

Set in 2004—the year that Dubya started sending National Guard units to Iraq—writer-director Michael Connors’s barracks-breakout thriller watches as the Reserve’s best damned medic (former hip-hop child prodigy Bow Wow) is denied reassignment despite his son’s cancer diagnosis. Should family come before duty to one’s country? Will that yellow-bellied officer (Seth Gabel) help the young father go AWOL? Is that new hard-ass lieutenant (Pablo Schreiber) going to bust them? What, exactly, is the payoff for suffering through such painfully bad filmmaking for 93 minutes? Forget about getting A Few Good Men–style military melodramatics; this movie quickly proves that even a few good performances, lines of dialogue or music cues are a pipe dream. Your loyalty will not be rewarded.

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