Drama 95 April 18, 2014
Recently discharged Marine Justin (Bryan Kaplan) lives in a minimally furnished studio apartment, shows up to class when he isn't busy cleaning up debris at a local factory, and generally keeps to himself. The first time we hear him speak, it's to shout through the wall at some feuding neighbors whose conflict has continued into the small hours of the night. This isn't the first sign that loud noises set him off, and it won't be the last. The main strength of writer-director Geoff Ryan's film is its quietude; too many movies exploring the neither-nor status occupied by vets whose experiences "over there" have altered their ability to function back home turn shrill in order to get their point across. Though some of the dialogue between Justin and his opinionated teacher (Marisa Costa) is a little too direct, and their key emotional scene escalates much too quickly, the flaws fall away once you see the look in Justin's eye as the person interviewing him for a job at a dairy bar says the establishment turns into "kind of a battlefield" during the summer.