“Thank You For Your Service” deploys a Trailer

Initially expected to contend for Oscar attention last year, Thank You For Your Service is now gearing up to make a 2017 run. The film is a much more intimate take on the war genre, offering up a Miles Teller showcase in the process. Yesterday, a Trailer dropped for the flick, suggesting that the delay had nothing to do with quality. You’ll be able to see it at the end of this article, as per the usual around here, but first…some discussion is in order. I’ve been including Thank You For Your Service here and there in predictions for some time now. Was I nuts? Read on to find out.

The project is a drama centered on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (or PTSD) and the cost of war. Here, we follow Adam Schumann (Teller), a soldier coming home to his wife Saskia Schumann (Haley Bennett) and child after serving bravely in the Middle East. While initially he is happy to be home and spending time with his beautiful wife, PTSD quickly rears its ugly head. Reluctant to discuss what went on over there, he struggles to deal with the price of war and what he’s brought home with him. Jason Hall adapts the book by David Finkel and directs here. The cast here includes the likes of Hunter Burke, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Joe Cole, Omar J. Dorsey, Scott Haze, Amy Schumer, Kate Lyn Sheil, and many more. Thomas Newman contributes the score, while the cinematography is from Roman Vasyanov.

This initial Trailer suggests a potentially devastating film. The devil will be in the details, but the skeleton is there for sure. Teller seems to be giving a strong performance, which could be what anchors things and puts it into awards contention (though more on that later). If Hall can prove a solid director and turn in a script slightly more well developed than his acclaimed one for American Sniper, there’s real potential. A lot remains to be seen, but just as a first Trailer, this is good stuff. If it lives up to the potential, it could be an emotional and important movie that plays to all sorts of audiences.

Oscar wise, Thank You For Your Service seems potentially right up their alley. If things shake out right, look for an across the board campaign, including plays in Best Picture, Best Director (for Hall), Best Actor (for Teller), Best Supporting Actress (for Bennett), Best Adapted Screenplay (also for Hall), Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Original Score. Depending on quality and competition, the best day could be Picture, Actor for Teller, and Adapted Screenplay for Hall, but we shall see. At the very least, if Teller is as strong as he looks, he’ll be mentioned as an award worthy player. We’ll just have to see how that evolves.

You can see Trailer for Thank You For Your Service below, but keep in mind that it won’t be out until the fall. The late October release date (October 27th, to be precise) suggests good things, but we’ll just have to sit tight and wait until the summer is over before we get any inkling of what to expect here. Realistically, it could go either way. For the moment, this Trailer will have to suffice. Luckily, it’s a good one. Check it out and keep an eye out for more on this one. I have a feeling that we’re going to be talking about it more before the year is out…

Here now is the Trailer for Thank You For Your Service:

Stay tuned for plenty more on Thank You For Your Service as the year progresses!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He contributes to several other film-related websites and is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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