I Am Soldier

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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.

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1 hour 27 minutes

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I Am Soldier

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

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Sykes on 9 April 2014
Format: DVD
Well as I'm x army I was keen to see how close to the real SAS this film would go. The location spot on, The training was so so.
But once the film gets to 3months later it all goes down hill, the mission, the way they clear rooms, the list is endless total pants.
Over all not a bad film but don't think for one sec that the SAS work like this... They don't.
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Format: Blu-ray
Cardboard characters that didn't make me give a monkeys whether they lived or died or did anything much. G.I. Jane beat it hands down for action atmosphere and intrigue. Just dull, dull, dull...
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3 of 3 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Baz on 27 May 2014
Format: DVD
A mate said to give this a miss. I ignored him. That'll teach me.
There's not a single original idea in this film. Awkward encounter with the training staff before the course starts? Check. Male lead with tortured past? Check. Training montage? Check. Wise, experienced superior who can see the potential in the lead character? Check. Female love interest shoe-horned in? Check. The hero's mate dies tragically? Jeez, Just watch Top Gun instead.

The last 15 minutes are hysterical. Terrorists have a dirty bomb in the UK. Lets send just a handful of SAS men. No big deal. We'll only use one sniper, so that he can't provide any help to the hero. The elite SAS use plastic wheely bins as cover against terrorists with automatic weapons. The hero and his wise master clearing a corridor slowly and methodically, but get surprised by two terrorists... jumping out of a doorway to attack them. They decide not to use their radios to get their mates to help them take out the last bad guys, despite using them to communicate seconds before. The wise master decides to take on the terrorist with bare hands for a while, then suddenly remembers he's carrying a fighting knife.

I Am Soldier makes Ultimate Force look like cinéma vérité.

I'm sure it's just a coincidence that 7 of the 5 star reviewers haven't reviewed any other product. And another three have given glowing 5 star reviews to other Ronnie Thompson projects.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. Storey 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By P. J. Deans on 8 April 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I bought this on the positive reviews, some liking it to full metal jacket!
I disagree wholeheartedly, it was painfully slow, painful to watch, the tension in my eyes was zero and it reeked of cheap productions presents.
Very disappointed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rob Marsh on 21 May 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
There was so much potential in this film that was lost in the normal SAS cliches. The film was shot in dark sombre colours and looked to have been done on a minimal budget. The actors were not authentic. I dont think the equipment, what little you could see was either. The only authentic kit was the beret. The director had an irritating penchant for blacking out the screen every few minutes. Overall a eadtr of good money.
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