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An unexceptional war movie.
on May 29, 2015
How on Earth did this tosh beat Avatar in the Oscars? I can only think that the Oscars panel suffered from a complete lack of imagination and were politically motivated to publicise a film portraying heroic American troops bravely imposing Western democracy (and defending American oil interests, obviously) on another Middle Eastern rabble. There's nothing here we haven't seen before, from the jerky headache inducing hand-held camera, through the formulaic tortured navel-gazing of individuals, to insubordinate and ill disciplined (I suppose they prefer the word `maverick') American troops. And, as if that weren't enough, there's a little comedic light relief when Bravo Company stumble across a group of British mercenaries who, through their own carelessness, obviously, either end up dead or cowering behind our brave American heroes.
On the plus side, the story bowls along at a reasonable pace most of the time (although there's no plot to speak of) and there are some good action sequences.
To summarise, this is a reasonably entertaining, though somewhat overlong, utterly unoriginal and unexceptional film. I'm just glad we only borrowed it.