Taking Chance (2009)

kevin bacon taking chance burialIf I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times: We need more marines who have single-handedly legalized dancing in 1980s rural America.


Well, Kevin, you’ve done it again. You’ve blown my expectations to Bacon bits. (And no, that’s not the last bad bacon pun coming your way.)

Taking Chance is based on the real experience of Marine Lt. Colonel Michael Strobi, who kept a 20-page journal of his trip accompanying the body of PFC Chance Phelps back to his hometown for burial. Strobi shared that journal with some friends and it went viral, culminating in this HBO movie.

The detailed transport of deceased veterans is something that hasn’t exactly been broadcast in the past, so this film is a rare glimpse into that process.

It’s a very solemn movie. And unlike Footloose, there’s no shakin’ with this Bacon—though if you’re looking for ‘80s-‘90s nostalgia, it does have the old guy who played Mr. Guttman in What About Bob? (whose wife kept cursing at Dr. Marvin).

OH, SOMETHING YOU SHOULD KNOW: In case you missed it last week, I know somebody else who is ready to take a chance.

taking chance movie

It was really, really cool to see the amount of detailed dedication and devotion that goes into the transportation of a fallen soldier.

Respect for the dead is a hallmark of godly people. To desecrate the deceased in any way reflects an alarming personal distance one has from the voice or feelings of the Holy Spirit.

True devotion for the dead, however, must include more than the absence of desecration. It must include reverence and remembrance.

Here in the U.S. we celebrate Memorial Day, which began with the remembrance of fallen soldiers but has since evolved to include all our dead. Whether we take this day to remember our dead or not, we ought never to forget those we’ve buried and the lessons to be learned form their lives.

What are you doing to remember?

“And devout men carried Stephen to his burial, and made great lamentation over him.” — Acts 8:2

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