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The Squad [DVD]

Juan David Restrepo , Mateo Stevel , Jaime Osorio Marquez    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Juan David Restrepo, Mateo Stevel, Andrés Castañeda
  • Directors: Jaime Osorio Marquez
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Momentum Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Jun 2012
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0071LQVO0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,280 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

When contact is lost with a military base set deep in the desolate plains of Colombia, a special high mountain command unit is sent to check things out.

On arrival they find only one person alive and gradually the isolation and inability to communicate with the outside world takes its toll on their sanity. Prisoners of fear, paranoia and a dark secret; they must challenge each other and be prepared to kill one another in order to survive, unless they can work out the true nature of their enemy and unite to defeat it.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Military Clastrophobia Horror! 31 May 2012
Format:DVD
This South American exercise in claustrophobic army horror sees a squad of soldiers investigate a bunker where things are very much not what they seem. Insanity and death aren't far behind... The director uses close-ups and narrow spaces to create a walls-closing-in atmosphere of creeping dread. We feel like we're there in the middle of the creepy horror and the gritty look and realistic performances from the cast only adding to the sense of impending doom.The Squad [DVD]
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Creepy Colombian horror 18 Jun 2012
By seun
Format:DVD
Sharing the occasional similarity with the Korean horror R-Point, The Squad is an effective film that manages to do a lot with a minimal cast and what I'm guessing wasn't a massive budget.

A Colombian military unit are deep in what looks like the middle of nowhere on a mission to get into a fortified hilltop building. While it's not stated outright, the building is base to guerrillas and the unit is ready to shoot to kill. Almost immediately, it's clear the building is dangerous but not for the reasons they expect. Saying any more would spoil things so I'll leave the plot at that. In any case, it's refreshing to see a horror film that utilises atmosphere and location as well as The Squad does, and one that doesn't state everything outright as if the viewer is an idiot.

If you're a fan of a bit of gore that's in the film for a reason rather than being the entire film, characters with flaws and a great atmosphere, then The Squad is for you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Creepy and chaotic 30 Jun 2013
Format:DVD
The Squad tells the story of a squad of soldiers sent to investigate a guerilla base where they discover everyone has been killed except for a lone woman imprisoned in a storage room. It's quite a slow paced film, but does portray the chaos and madness of the situation quite well.

As a horror film it's ok, not great, but worth a watch. Some of the scenes are pretty grim, but not gratuitously so. I appreciate a film that is comfortable not showing you every gory detail. Unfortunately the story is a little predictable, and doesn't really explore what is actually going on.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Started well..... 25 Jan 2013
By Sam
Format:DVD
Possibly two and a half stars would be my true rating for this reasonably well made, but somewhat lacking, 'supernatural' film. The first fifteen minutes or so (as pointed out in another review) delivers a steady build up to what could have led onto a really good special op's story, with or without the eerie/horror element.

The storyline is simple - a team of soldiers are deployed into the middle of nowhere to assess the situation at a radio base on top of a hill. The previous occupants are incommunicado and have possibly fallen to rebels. The squad arrive at the base of the hill and start their operation by bickering about whether to await reinforcements or move on up to the station alone. So far so good, but once the team of soldiers reach their objective I felt things started to deterioate into a plodding and somewhat irrational story of physcological fear and mistrust as the 'horror' element is introduced and warfare slowly recedes. This is where the film lost it for me - there was no real reason, or logic in this highly trained team of specialists reacting as they did to the situation in hand. There were far to many times when I found myself thinking 'surely you're not going to do what you clearly are going to do'. The continuation of these irrational thoughts and behaviour became frustrating and a bit tiresome after a while, and I was hoping for either more action or answers to questions to raise the storyline back to interesting.

Having said that, the film does not appear cheaply made (although it clearly is - no CGI, special effects or battle scenes are employed) and it certainly isn't a switch off at half time offering. The acting and sub-titles are good and the authenticity of uniforms and weapons also look ok. All in all, it's fine for a cheap pick up, but more of a thinking man's film rather than a typical war or slasher movie.
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