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I Am Soldier

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(91) IMDb 4.5/10

I Am Soldier follows Mickey Tomlinson, a military chef, who attempts the most dangerous military selection known to man: The Special Air Service (S.A.S.) selection.

Runtime:
1 hour, 27 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Action & Adventure
Director Ronnie Thompson
Studio Lionsgate
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

3.5 out of 5 stars

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Steven TOP 500 REVIEWER on 23 April 2014
Format: DVD
The shooting style is quite different, almost a blend of docudrama and motion picture.The harsh landscape could've done with a more artful cinematographer to bring out its rugged and unforgiving nature. There are plenty of landscape shots but as a viewer they kept me distant when I really needed to feel the footfalls in the snow and ice on my breath.

Ronnie Thompson took on a impossible task, a film of this nature has to revisit elements of Ultimate Force and Who Dares Wins, both of which were well received and criticised in equal merit; UF was a popcorn piece whilst WDW erred towards the espionage angle rather than acton, neither of them pleased everybody. We've also had the ground breaking SAS "are you tough enough" series which was pretty compelling viewing for anyone with a passing interest. Added to that are comparisons with every similar movie made across the pond, The Finest Hour, Full Metal Jacket and GI Jane etc cover similar ground of recruitment and selection culminating in a military operation. I considered all of these past viewings while I watched the strangely titled I am Soldier.

As an accompaniment to the myriad of books on SAS selection this does a decent enough job. There are patches of dark humour; prospective recruits being directed to a derelict pub raised a wry smile. The parts of selection that we do get to see are well filmed, in good locations and we also get a couple of cast members we can actually invest in. Cliche is inevitable and although the story trods a few well worn paths they don't spoil things.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By BOB PASS on 17 April 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Bit more of a documentary than a film... And not really a good one , that would make me want to join the SAS......Not what I expected.... Bit disappointed :
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By David Goodall on 26 April 2014
Format: DVD
Once again a director uses some kind of film trick he thinks will be artistic,
The black out,s.... between scenes... was so amateurish and off putting it was ludicrous to do it.
The Story was good until the final part, were they tackle a group of terrorist,s, the fighting scenes looked like children play fighting, it was so bad I cant describe how bad it was...This could have been a great film..that it was not..
tell the director to go watch the die hard films and study the direction in those.. an how they handled the action scenes...if they paid him more than 5.00 he was overpaid.. A film spoiled by lack of attention and professionalism ..Poor.
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By Albatross TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 21 Jun. 2014
Format: DVD
I really wanted to love this. Not because I’m that much of a fan of ‘war movies’ in general, but I just liked the premise, i.e. seeing what it takes to be part of the S.A.S. (something that I would never be able to do myself, due to being too addicted to comfy sofas, Playstation and takeaway pizza – apparently the world’s toughest soldiers aren’t allowed any of these during missions).

The story follows two recruits (each with their own personal demons) as they go on an S.A.S. training mission in the British wilderness to see if they have what it takes. I won’t tell you if they succeed or not, only that I wouldn’t have made it for five minutes.

Noel Clarke (Kidulthood) is one of their various ‘drill sergeant-type figures’ who is there to mentor them as they go and he does his best to lift the film out of mediocrity. He’s about the only star you may really recognise. And, perhaps that’s one of the film’s main faults: it screams ‘cheapness’ at all times. It has no real big name actors and the dialogue and acting talent on show isn’t exactly top drawer. However, its bleakness does add a level of realism to the film that gives you quite an overall gritty tone.

I’ve read comments online about how there are blatant errors in the story. These seem to all come from people who have actually served in the military and can spot when a British soldier gives an American salute (I didn’t even know there were two different types!). But, from my completely nonexistent military background, no ‘factual errors’ were apparent. If I had to guess I’d say this was a reasonable portrayal as to how tough recruits have it. I rolled my eyes more when our two recruits encounter an attractive woman on the train, only for her to ‘coincidently’ show up a few scenes later.
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I am Soldier, written and directed by Ronnie Thompson is an attempt to
portray how an ordinary squaddie makes it through to the SAS elite UK
Special Forces regiment. A sort of homage to the SAS that does not
quite make the grade.

Tom Hughes, ( Silk, Cemetery Junction) ably plays the part of Mickey
Tomlinson, a young soldier with a somewhat tortured history, who
seeks to eradicate his fears by joining the SAS and proving himself.
We have the Escape and Evade, set in what looks like, the snow covered
Brecon Beacons, followed by the horrific and humiliating torture of
the Tactical Questioning routine. Very few can cope with that in real
life, and Hughes acting of the part was very realistic.
The film then goes on to include a very basic encounter with terrorists
in what seems like a disused factory, culminating in a unit from the
Counter Terrorism Squadron, under Noel Clarke, saving the day and
capturing the bomb with a very abrupt ending.
Tom Hughes creates a believable character, as does Noel Clarke as
his training officer, but the film lacks class in it's cinematography
and weak direction.

This was so obviously a low budget effort and it shows.
The actors are let down by a writer who thinks he is a director.
It may come off as brilliant on the page, but there was little 'magic'
throughout the film. No idea if this was a straight to DVD movie, but
I must admit I never saw it advertised anywhere other than on Amazon.
A reasonable vehicle for rising stars Tom Hughes and Noel Clarke,
but overall I could not give it more than 3 stars.

Subtitled in English.
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