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SGT. Will Gardner (2019)

Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 11 January 2019 (USA)
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A troubled Iraq War veteran struggling to reintegrate into society sets out on a cross-country journey with the hope of reuniting with his young son.


Max Martini


Max Martini
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Max Martini ... Will 'Ghost' Gardner
Omari Hardwick ... Samuel 'Top' Gallegos
Lily Rabe ... Mary-Anne Mackey
Robert Patrick ... Tony
Elisabeth Röhm ... Kimmy
Dermot Mulroney ... Buddy
Gary Sinise ... Larry
JoBeth Williams ... Sherry
Luis Bordonada ... Charlie Burroughs
Leo Martini Leo Martini ... Will Gardner Jr.
Holt McCallany ... Officer Callahan
Georgina Lightning Georgina Lightning ... Emily Saunders
Martin Palmer ... Homeless Veteran
Christopher Hagen ... Gas Station Manager
Jay DeMarcus ... Top Gunner


Will Gardner tells the story about Iraq War veteran Will Gardner (Max Martini) who is suffering from a traumatic brain injury (TBI) he sustained during a bombing that he and his platoon suffered while in combat. His injuries make it difficult for him to reintegrate into society so after a series of setbacks, he goes on a spirited motorcycle journey across America to pick up pieces of his life lost since combat. Martini (13 Hours, Captain Phillips) also penned the script and directs the film.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Sometimes The Battle Follows you Home


Action | Adventure | Drama | War


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Release Date:

11 January 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

SGT. Will Gardner See more »

Filming Locations:

Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Mona Vista Productions See more »
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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The cover/poster used in the initial pitch of the film is of the lead singer Sully Urna of Godsmack and is also the cover of Godsmack's greatest hits album, "Good times, bad times... ten years of Godsmack." See more »


Will 'Ghost' Gardner: It enrages me and it breaks my heart to see people that serve this country standing on the streets begging for scraps.
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An honest review - for a change
2 April 2019 | by TheTopDawgCriticSee all my reviews

I'm pretty sure this film must hold the IMDb record for the most fake (every) 10/10 reviews lol. Clearly the overall rating speaks for itself, and it's a very generous 6/10 from me.

I think Max Martini wore too many hats with this film. His acting was great, directing (camera) decent, but the pacing and length needed work. The screenplay is where this film had problems, with plot issues and too many long dragged out scenes, that along with the slow pace, dragged down this film's entertainment value. The delusional comrade (of which the content of the conversations were mainly boring and unbelievable) and all that narrating (again, mainly boring) were unnecessary, and I feel it really toned down and took away from the film. Directing his cast also needed work.

This film's production felt like one of those Hallmark/Lifetime films, and that's not necessarily a bad thing, but had it been edited down to 80-90 mins instead of its long 125 min runtime, it would have been more enjoyable.

Omari Hardwick, Gary Sinise as well as the rest of the supporting cast were good, but I felt Lily Rabe was over the top to the point of annoying in her opening scenes.

Nevertheless, an underwhelming film with a great story that should have been told better.

Still, mad props to Max Martini for putting his all into this film, and still pledging 30% of the film's proceeds to three charities that support veterans suffering from TBI, PTSD, and veteran homelessness.

Would I see it again? No. Would I recommend it? Yes, if you can get past the productions issues to see the reality of how PTST affects veterans. More of a Yes if you pay to see this film to pass on the financial support pledged to the Vets.

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