“Cherry,” released in 2021 and directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, is a raw and harrowing film adaptation of Nico Walker’s semi-autobiographical novel. The movie stars Tom Holland in a dramatic departure from his usual roles as Cherry, a young Army veteran who battles post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and descends into a cycle of drug addiction and crime.The story unfolds in several distinct chapters, tracing Cherry’s life from his early days as a college student to his time in the military, where he experiences the horrors of war in Iraq. Upon returning home, Cherry struggles to adjust to civilian life, haunted by traumatic memories that lead him down a dark path of opioid addiction. In an attempt to finance his drug habit, he starts robbing banks, becoming entangled in a dangerous criminal world.What sets “Cherry” apart is its unflinching portrayal of addiction, trauma, and the impact of war on veterans.
The film is a stark exploration of the human cost of war, delving deep into the psyche of a young man who loses himself in the midst of overwhelming challenges. Tom Holland delivers a powerful and emotionally charged performance, capturing the desperation and hopelessness of Cherry’s journey.The movie also offers a visual and narrative style that mirrors Cherry’s fractured state of mind, employing innovative storytelling techniques to immerse the audience in his turbulent experiences. The film’s intense and visceral scenes are complemented by a haunting soundtrack, enhancing the emotional impact of the story.Cherry” is a compelling yet heartbreaking exploration of the opioid crisis, PTSD, and the struggles faced by veterans reentering society. It serves as a stark reminder of the challenges many individuals face and the urgent need for empathy, support, and understanding. With its gripping narrative and exceptional performances, “Cherry” is a powerful and thought-provoking film that lingers in the minds of its viewers long after the credits roll.