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For those wanting an outline of Royal Marine Commando training
on 4 May 2011
The other reviews describe this documentary well. It gives an accurate portrayal of the training of a Royal Marine Commando.
As a documentary per se, it is less impressive, though very well made. Terrill manages to develop a reasonable relationship with the subjects of his documentary, but one has the suspicion that the more serious or shrewd of the recruits keep their distance from a documentary film maker, and the more interesting stories brought before the camera are about the less typical, and sometimes more naive, recruits. It is probably the parents who give the most interesting account of their feelings as they discuss their sons decision to become professional soldiers. The documentary offers little means to understand what is seen, but gives an accurate account of the nature of the training.
There is also a second 'plot' to the documentary. We follow a young officer as he arrives in Afghanistan and takes command of his troop.