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I Am Soldier

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.

Starring:
Tom Hughes, Noel Clarke
Runtime:
1 hour, 27 minutes

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Genres Action & Adventure
Director Ronnie Thompson
Starring Tom Hughes, Noel Clarke
Supporting actors Alex Reid, George Russo, Miranda Raison, Josh Myers, David Goodman, Ian Pirie, Jordan Long, Philip Desmeules, Allistair McNab, Mike Fury, Lee Charles, Joe Egan, Jean-Paul Jesstiece, Duncan Casey, Marcus Byron Keating, Paul King, Damian Greig, Phillip Moir
Studio Lionsgate
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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By Steven TOP 1000 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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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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I generally never write reviews on things I buy, but I'm compelled to in order to warn people how shocking it is, it's almost a public duty to inform you how bad it is...Utter garbage! Donate the money you will spend on this to a military charity, you will feel better about yourself than you will if you watch it. It truly is shockingly poor. I don't blame the actors (they're doing a paid job, but it won't enhance their careers), just the script, directing, the production and the writing of the plot. The MoD will be more than happy with it as it is as far removed from what Selection/Regiment is like that it's laughable, just read any book by an ex-Regiment bloke and you'll know. The film is an insult to even be associated with the Regiment given it's crass interpretation of Selection. Don't waste your time.
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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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I really wanted to love this. Not because I’m that much of a fan of ‘war movies’ in general, but I just liked the premise, i.e. seeing what it takes to be part of the S.A.S. (something that I would never be able to do myself, due to being too addicted to comfy sofas, Playstation and takeaway pizza – apparently the world’s toughest soldiers aren’t allowed any of these during missions).

The story follows two recruits (each with their own personal demons) as they go on an S.A.S. training mission in the British wilderness to see if they have what it takes. I won’t tell you if they succeed or not, only that I wouldn’t have made it for five minutes.

Noel Clarke (Kidulthood) is one of their various ‘drill sergeant-type figures’ who is there to mentor them as they go and he does his best to lift the film out of mediocrity. He’s about the only star you may really recognise. And, perhaps that’s one of the film’s main faults: it screams ‘cheapness’ at all times. It has no real big name actors and the dialogue and acting talent on show isn’t exactly top drawer. However, its bleakness does add a level of realism to the film that gives you quite an overall gritty tone.

I’ve read comments online about how there are blatant errors in the story. These seem to all come from people who have actually served in the military and can spot when a British soldier gives an American salute (I didn’t even know there were two different types!). But, from my completely nonexistent military background, no ‘factual errors’ were apparent. If I had to guess I’d say this was a reasonable portrayal as to how tough recruits have it. I rolled my eyes more when our two recruits encounter an attractive woman on the train, only for her to ‘coincidently’ show up a few scenes later.
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