Movie Plot – Cherry: Cherry wanders from college dropout to Army medic in Iraq – anchored only by his true love, Emily. But after returning from war with PTSD, his life spirals into drugs and crime as he struggles to find his place in the world.
Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Writers: Angela Russo-Otstot, Jessica Goldberg, Nico Walker
Cast: Tom Holland, Ciara Bravo, Jack Reynor
A Mental Journey
Prepare for a fierce journey through the mind of a mentally broken boy. A boy, because that’s Tom Holland’s character when he joins the army and is deployed to Iraq for a year. It’s the new film by brothers Joe and Anthony Russo.
When Holland’s character meets the handsome Emily (Ciara Bravo), he knows she is the one. He already sees their life ahead of them, but Emily has trouble committing and tells him she is moving to Canada due to her difficult childhood.
Completely overwhelmed and filled with heartbreak, the boy doesn’t know what to do with himself anymore. He decides to enlist in the army, where he can at least make himself useful. In this part of the film, the boy shares his full train of thought with us by breaking the so-called fourth wall, and he takes us on a light-hearted journey through his daily life. We get to know his friends, his neighborhood, and it becomes clear that he is in a lower class of society. In the process, it is quite clear that he is looking for his place in this world.
The story is divided into chapters and we see how his life changes from bad to worse.
Army, PTSD, Drugs and Crime
Once in the military, the boy is faced with harsh realities and traumatic events. This time in Iraq is devastating to his mental state and the consequences soon show up. Just when you think that veterans would be heartened and that help would be there for them when they are struggling with the mental effects of war, the boy is instead prescribed pills.
This is the beginning of a violent downward spiral. From pills, he ends up with heroin and even has to rob banks to feed his addiction. While this may seem like a big and unreal step for people like you and me, Cherry (2021) does a good job of showing – also through the social environment they find themselves in and the lack of help they face – that this can actually happen when you go through such things; when you are worked towards the abyss like this.
Tom Holland is truly a great actor
From beginning to end, Cherry keeps you captive in the extraordinary story and manages to convince Tom Holland as a junkie. The Spider-Man star shows a new side of himself and it suits him well. Apart from the gripping story and the dazzling acting skills, also by Ciara Bravo, the film is also strong cinematically. From special and unique shots to the most elaborate details in the background: everything is right, and everything pulls you deeper into the misery that the main characters are in.
Tom Holland is certainly not to be underestimated as an actor. Another film where he managed to surprise me was in The Devil All the Time, where he also played a dark character full of conflict. I am curious about his future career because he is really excellent.
If you’re looking for a fun movie to fill your evening with, Cherry is not the right choice. Watch this film when you’re ready to be left baffled; to sit on the couch nail-biting when yet another wrong choice is made; and most of all, to lose yourself in it.