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“December”
Reviewed by: Dara R. Cosby
Genre: Drama
Video: 1.33:1 Full Frame
Audio: 2.0 Dolby Digital
Languages English
Subtitles English, French
Length 91 minutes
Rating PG
Release Date March 16, 2004
Studio Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment
Commentary: None
Documentaries: None
Featurettes: None
Filmography/Biography: None
Interviews: None
Trailers/TV Spots: None
Alternate/Deleted Scenes: None
Music Video: None
Other: None
Cast and Crew: Wil Wheaton, Balthazar Getty, Jason London, Brian Krause, Chris Young ***
Written By: Gabe Torres
Produced By: Richard C. Berman and Donald Paul Pembrick
Directed By: Gabe Torres
Music: NA
The Review:

“December” is an intimate coming of age drama. The film follows five prep school students trying to decide whether, or not to enlist in the military. A call to arms had been posed by the President in response to the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Star athlete, Tim (Krause) is ready to, “fight the Japs!” The other boys have strong reservations; especially Kip (Wheaton), who has begun to realize the deadly consequences of war. ***

“December” is by no means an action-packed film. The drama hinges solely on dialogue and emotion. To the film’s benefit, the acting is quite good. The performances come across very heartfelt and genuine, which keeps the film from becoming trite and heavy handed. Also, most of the film takes place in a small dormitory; making the interactions between the boys feel all the more intimate. In the end, some of the boys got on a bus to war and no answers are given. The viewer is left to ponder the fate of five young men. ***

Image and Sound: The transfer is crisp on this DVD. The film’s colors are time appropriate and vivid. The sound is built around dialogue, so there is not a lot of distracting background noise. ***
The Extras: None
Commentary: None
Final Words: In today’s climate of war, “December” feels very relevant. The discussion of the realities of battle is frank and topical. This is a good film that featured hot young actors of the late eighties-early nineties. Maybe it should be remade with today’s “guys of the moment”, and set in present day?! ***

 

 
 
 
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