Dog Tags (2008) is a film that is well written and well directed with two principal actors who are able to take you on an emotional journey of their self discovery that lingers long after the closing credits have ended.
The use of imagery and the interloping of time sequences bring a unique cadence to the film that bubbles up into a powerful moving crescendo masked underneath the understated surface. The story has a gay theme but it transcends that and speaks into what is very human in us, our worth and our purpose.
Paul Preiss as Nate Merritt is convincing as a new Marine recruit, who is searching for his birth father and finds himself tied to a fiancée who does not love him. He meets Bart Fletcher who plays Andy Forte, an openly gay man, who is an ill prepared father of an infant baby (from a drunken one night stand). Director/Writer Damion Dietz takes these two characters through life changing events that touch on friendship, gay relationships, fatherhood, betrayal, and the effects of war, tragedy and love.
It is through the quietness of this film that it has its power. There are no sweeping dramatic moments. However, you leave feeling affected in your heart, feeling more human, hopeful and thankful there are films like this still being made.
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