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Marshall Bennett (Michael Roark) is a young soldier with the Army Motorcycle Unit who survives an IED explosion in combat overseas and is medically discharged, with a broken back and leg, and sent back to the U.S. When he gets home to his family farm, he discovers that his dad, Cal Bennett (Trace Adkins), is behind on the mortgage and may lose the farm. Against all odds, Marshall Bennett pledges to help his family the only way he knows how: as a motocross racer.
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Predictable crowd-pleaser feels like a motocross commercial.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Bennett's War -- a drama that follows a medically discharged soldier (Michael Roark) who spends a year in rehab -- is part motocross-comeback story, part wounded-warrior tale. Produced by motocross-industry sponsors and insiders, the film brings the sport to mainstream audiences while heavily promoting its corporate products and brands (primarily Lucas Oil, MAV TV, and Protect the Harvest, all companies that are run by the filmmakers). There's occasional cursing (including "s--t," "son of a bitch," "bulls--t," and more) and a few jokes that come across as Islamophobic. The movie opens with wartime violence that seriously injures two American soldiers, and later the main character is reinjured during motocross-related accidents. A married couple embraces and kisses. In addition to promoting the sports the producers sponsor, the film has messages about second chances, discipline, hard work, and the value of teamwork and mentorship.
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- Genre:Drama, Family
- Release Date:August 30, 2019
- Audio Format:5.1
If purchased in:4K
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