Field of Lost Shoes
Released April 13th, 2014, DVD on December 2nd, 2014
1 hr 36 mins
Director: Sean McNamara
Luke Benward as John Wise
Lauren Holly as Mrs. Clinedinst
Jason Isaacs as John C. Breckinridge
Tom Skerritt as Ulysses S. Grant
Keith David as Old Judge
David Arquette as Col. Henry DuPont
Zach Roerig as Jack Stanard
Gale Harold as Charles Semple
Mary Mouser as Libby Clinedinst
Josh Zuckerman as Moses Ezekiel
Nolan Gould as Robert / Sir Rat
Max Lloyd-Jones as Sam Atwill
Sean Marquette as Benjamin 'Duck' Colonna
Erik Audé as The Hawker Courtney Gains as Capt. Chinook
Werner Daehn as Franz Sigel
Parker Croft as Garland Jefferson
Alexa Yeames as The Girl at the Dance
William Flaman as Doctor Brandi
Nicole Feemster as Martha Ann
Michael Krebs as Abraham Lincoln
Review by Stephen M.
Field of Lost Shoes shows us another side to the Civil War that is seldom explored as the losing side. Loosely based on actual events, the movie focuses on a specific battle that included fresh recruits from Virginia Military Institute. Though the film may suffer a bit from over-acting and average props and costumes, the story itself is enduring enough to be entertaining.
The battle scene while interesting to see unfold was difficult to follow along as the various commanders play "chess" against each other with the various pieces of infantry and cavalry. Scenes of the hill with explosions did nothing to engross you as it was difficult to tell what was going despite being told what was going on. Having the boys run across the field or even just marching across the field felt forced and unreal. Not so much that they were essentially children on the battlefield, but that they felt out of place both emotionally and visually.
Despite the faults with the movie, I still enjoy the movie enough to recommend watching it at least once on rental or Netflix when it eventually comes out. The leads including the charismatic Luke Benward as John Wise and Max Lloyd-Jones as Sam Atwill. The latter's character playful romantic chemistry with the female lead softens the otherwise somber tone of the war with the highest number of American casualties. Not so much to be distracting or nauseating.