If Martin Scorsese updated The Roaring Twenties, the classic Jimmy Cagney movie about returning World War I vets who come home and find that the only jobs available are with gang lords and bootleggers, it would look a lot Sean Kirkpatrick's rookie feature, Cost of a Soul.
In his gripping and emotional film, two soldiers, hollow-eyed and bone-tired yet standing tall, return from the devastation of Baghdad to that of North Philadelphia.
Over there, they fought on the same side. Back here, they are on opposite sides. That's because Tommy (Chris Kerson) is pulled back into service for a crime lord engaged in a turf war with the drug-dealer brother of Darren (Will Blagrove). Their reentry proves to be as lethal as the worst days of their deployment. Legitimate job opportunities are scarcer than a playground with a hoop and net.