Picks and Pans Review: Faith of My Fathers

updated 06/06/2005 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/06/2005 AT 01:00 AM EDT

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If it were airing in an election year, this TV movie would be a definite political plus for Sen. John McCain, a former—and perhaps future—presidential candidate.

Not that Faith of My Fathers, based on McCain's 1999 memoir, is a propaganda piece. The film focuses on Navy pilot McCain (Shawn Hatosy from The Cooler) in his five years as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam, using flashbacks to establish the sense of honor inculcated in him by his father (Scott Glenn) and grandfather, both admirals. Taking on the challenge of playing McCain from high school to his mid-30s, the 29-year-old Hatosy gives us a protagonist respectful of tradition but with a rebellious streak; brave and strong but not unbreakable under torture. Because his humanity comes across, we don't feel we're being oversold on his heroism.


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