The Patrol 2013

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British war drama set in Afghanistan. In 2006 British Army troops, led by Captain William Richardson (Ben Righton), are deployed to the war-torn Helmand Province of Afghanistan to fight against the Taliban. The film takes a look at the war from the soldiers' point of view as they start to run out of ammunition and struggle with injuries. Their trying situation leads to tensions within the camp and the troops begin to doubt their purpose in the war, much to the chagrin of their captain who accuses them of being cowardice. Will their campaign have any real effect on the conflict?

Starring:
Nicholas Beveney, Daniel Fraser
Rental Formats:
DVD

The Patrol

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 20 minutes
Starring Nicholas Beveney, Daniel Fraser, Owain Arthur
Director Tom Petch
Genres Drama
Studio ELEVATION SALES
Rental release 21 April 2014
Main languages English

Customer Reviews

2.7 out of 5 stars

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12 of 13 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 2 people found the following review helpful By tom on 25 Sep 2014
Format: DVD
This is an absolute terrible reflection on the British Army In Afghanistan. The storyline and the scripting is pathetic. The military authenticity is completely absent. Soldiers walking around smoking with their chin straps undone??? The Anti TA rhetoric is shockingly unrealistic and quite frankly pathetic.

Absolutely awful.
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Dreadful. "Britain's answer to the Hurt Locker" it says on the front cover. That's like comparing your local town hall to the great pyramids. Poor acting, boring plot and less action than an average episode of the Antiques Road Show. A bunch of whining men who, frankly, insult the real British Army by even attempting to portray them. If you enjoyed Hurt Locker, watch that again instead.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By SCREEN77 on 5 July 2014
Format: DVD
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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kennington Reviewer on 28 Jun 2014
Format: DVD
Doesn't really add up. Poor acting, unrealistic, very low budget. Didn't really get it but I would certainly not recommend this film!
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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
Format: DVD
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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4 of 6 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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