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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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
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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3.4 out of 5 stars

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6 of 6 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By P. J. Deans on 8 April 2014
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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
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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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8 of 9 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By BOB PASS on 17 April 2014
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dave Hume on 30 Aug 2014
Format: DVD
Truly dire. From the start, the casting failed to convince that these were realistic SAS candidates. The twist to make Mickey a chef didn't work - Steven Seagal in Under Siege revisited? It was a weird decision to make Noel Clarke (Wyman - Auf Wiedersehen Pet and Dr Who), who is a very good actor in the right role, but he is totally unconvincing as a hard-bitten SAS SgtMajor. The plot is just the SAS selection process strung out, with an unbelievably poor terrorist plot for the last 15 minutes. I seriously doubt the SAS could make such a bad botch of the job that ends the film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Daniel G. Egan on 13 Oct 2014
Format: DVD
There are plenty of reviews here both good and bad. But despite the poor reviews I watched and really enjoyed this.
I am ex army, but I'm no sas expert by any means, and I found the sas selection part of the film to be very interesting and fairly well researched. I thought the acting was ok. I thought Noel Clarke was very good in it as the sas instructor.
The end of the film devalued the film because it just looked like a scene from the A team.
And I thought it was a shame that they introduced a love interest! Just made it sloppy in places.
The vast majority of the film is about the selection process. Which was good and filmed well I thought. A bit dark and chilly looking but it puts you in the frame of mind.
The second part of the film was worth skipping.
Overall if your interested in the army or the sas in particular, then we'll worth a watch.

Give it a go..he who dares!
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