"Stop-Loss" slipped in and out of theaters last spring with little fanfare, except for all those media reports that cited its poor box office performance as evidence that Iraq war movies don't sell. With its arrival on DVD, the Ryan Phillippe film seeks a wider audience.
The plot is fairly straightforward. Brandon King (Phillippe), a decorated Army sergeant, comes home from the war to a hero's welcome but soon discovers he must return to Iraq. Frustrated and naively convinced that a senator can get him out of the situation, he goes AWOL, hops in a car with his best friend's girl (Abbie Cornish) and heads to Washington to seek help.