explosions in the sky are the most important element of this film. i only have one of their albums, but they demonstrate here their power to set a tone. simply imagine this film with a rap-rock soundtrack featuring the talents of linkin park, or the like. it would instantly lose cred, at least to me. the soundtrack validated the rest of the film’s serious tone and allowed for some wiggle room when it starts getting heavy. i understand this would normally be considered backwards, but since the film begins with a long musically driven introduction it doesn’t seem all that much of a stretch. of course a great soundtrack doesn’t make for a great movie. the film benefits a good deal from the solid acting and honest writing as well. i felt the direction was, at times, a bit overdone, but this was the exception, rather than the rule. for a great double feature watch this and then the documentary “go tigers!” .