The Patrol 2014

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Written and directed by Tom Petch, ex-Army, The Patrol takes a piercing look at the conflict in Afghanistan through the eyes of a British Army patrol.

Starring:
Owain Arthur, Nicholas Beveney
Runtime:
1 hour 22 minutes

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The Patrol

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Thriller
Director Tom Petch
Starring Owain Arthur, Nicholas Beveney
Supporting actors Daniel Fraser, Alex McNally, Oliver Mott, Ben Righton, Nav Sidhu
Studio Soda Pictures Ltd
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)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 Jun 2014
Format: DVD
A group of soldiers on on patrol in Afghanistan during a fiction operation known as Icarus. This story is loosely linked to operation Achilles and might be more accurately stated "inspired" by true events rather than based upon. We get to know the characters by their nicknames, Smudge, Stab, Ginge (ginger) and Welch. The banter between them is not the healthy kind as they concentrate on their differences. Once one in the group dies, the troops begin to question the war and their mission while their commanding officer who has the same thoughts is forced to toe the company line.

The film is about the relationships of a diverse unit who question their leadership. The war acts as a background to escalate tension, This is not your classic war film about combat and killing the enemy. It is a war drama, one where young men are placed in combat roles and don't believe the cause is worth their life.

In anything, this is more of an anti-war film, showing how someone like Bowe Bergdahl could do and say the things of which he has been accused, although the message is not heavy.

Parental Guide: F-bomb.
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'The Patrol' contains a criticism of the British deployment to Helmand Province, Afghanistan. The soliders in the film doubt their commanders, doubt their mission and ultimately the war. The director said in a Raindance Film Festival (which it won) interview that the film that most inspired him was the 'Battle of Algiers', this was similarly a critique of the French policy in Algeria and well worth watching. As an interesting background to the debate around the British in Afghanistan the commander of 22 SAS has called for an inquiry into the Helmand deployment, describing it as a failure, in an article in the Times: http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/opinion/columnists/article4249666.ece
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Gordon on 15 Jun 2014
Format: DVD
Quiet possibly the worst war film, I`ve ever seen EVER. The story line is lame, the acting is shocking. Attention to detail with the regards to the soldiers equipment will have any squaddie cringing. The patrol is made up of two officers, one SNCO, one JNCO, a marine and two toms, one of which is the medic? One of the toms is constantly gobbing off to the officers and NCOs with impunity!! No sorry if you`ve ever served in the British army this film will have you screaming at your TV. Do yourself a favour and pick something else, trust me!!!!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By SCREEN77 on 5 July 2014
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Written & directed by an ex soldier with the help of two military advisors,this gives you a more realistic view of war.It follows a 7 strong patrol in Afghanistan operating in Helmand province,it's a very personal view as its all from their point of view.Other issues outside the patrol aren't really covered,the guys think they're going to be joined by another patrol which means they only have to stay out around 3 days.This does not happen & 12 days later they are still out,short of ammo & awaiting re-suply.
There are no big multi angel action scenes or huge explosions,you never actually see the Taliban but you do get short intense firefights.It's worth watching the "making of" featurette as it explains the no frills slightly documentary feel to the film.
A war film that gives the human side & is much closer to what it's really like,this is NOT Hollywood!!
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Alexia on 17 April 2014
Format: DVD
I loved this film.

Initially dragged along (to the Ritzy cinema in Brixton) by a war-film loving boyfriend, I thought it would be another powpowpow action film, which have a tendency to bore me to tears/sleep.

Instead, I was subtly drawn into the realities of warfare, gaining an insight I've never achieved before: the personalities, the psychological difficulties and breakdowns, the gentle but gradual shift in mood amongst and between the troops and officers. I loved it, and was left thinking about it for days.

I'd highly recommend this film as a war film for anyone who wants to learn of the realities, rather than the Hollywood portrayal, of war. Unusual for me to make this distinction, but I'd recommend it as a great war film for women to watch as well, as it's not all guns and explosions, and has multiple layers to it. Buy and watch!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By DC111 on 24 Aug 2014
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This is almost as good as The Beast of War and 9th Company, two other fine war films set in Afghanistan.
The Patrol is well acted, thought provoking and nicely photographed. The haunting music is just right, too.
Although this film isn't packed with action (there are only a few small, intense firefights), there's plenty enough tension.
The CGI used is subtle and well done, as it should be.
It's certainly not the 'British answer to The Hurt Locker' as it says on the cover.
It is good in its own right -- and well worth watching.
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Williams on 3 April 2014
Format: DVD
I saw The Patrol in Brighton this evening, and really enjoyed it.

if you like Michael Bay style action or gung-ho American war films, this isn't for you. However, if you want something more considered, more honest and more realistic, you should watch this film.

Director Tom Petch is a former soldier, and his depiction of the realities of military operations are consequently more true-to-life and convincing than some of the high budget, glossy, war-as-entertainment shows more commonly seen. It's also a beautifully shot and edited film, nicely capturing the heat and dust of desert operations, along with the 98% boredom/2% sheer terror of infantry warfare.

Furthermore the disparate characters that make up the patrol are nicely played by the cast, keeping the tensions, stress and camaraderie simmering nicely throughout. This keeps the interest going throughout the film, rather than relying 4 or 5 flashy action set-pieces with rather dull filler in between that seems to form the staple of most war films.

Definitely a film for the enthusiast or connoisseur rather than the casual viewer. Shame it's not available on Blu-Ray.
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