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5.0 out of 5 stars A Harrowing Tale portrayed with Spectacular Performances
This has to be one of the most moving films I've ever seen, with stellar performances by the whole cast, but in particular by both Colin Farrell and Christopher Lee. I really wasn't expecting it to be as good as it was because this seems to be a rather obscure film which I'd never heard of before seeing it listed here on Amazon whilst looking at something else. However,...
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3.0 out of 5 stars More Anti-War Fodder.
Another anti war film to join the many already filmed. In such a field most ideas have already been explored. This one tries to be a bit different in having the subject of post traumatic stress syndrome a photographer instead of a soldier. Colin Farrell who is not a bad actor in the right roles, plays a war photographer covering the battle between Kurds and Iraqui forces...
Published on 17 April 2011 by Bob Salter


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3.0 out of 5 stars More Anti-War Fodder., 17 April 2011
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Bob Salter "Captain Spindrift" (Wiltshire, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Shell Shock [DVD] (aka Triage) [2009] (DVD)
Another anti war film to join the many already filmed. In such a field most ideas have already been explored. This one tries to be a bit different in having the subject of post traumatic stress syndrome a photographer instead of a soldier. Colin Farrell who is not a bad actor in the right roles, plays a war photographer covering the battle between Kurds and Iraqui forces in Kurdistan in 1988. The fighting is brutal and Farrell is in the thick of it. Without wishing to reveal too much of the plot, there is a traumatic incident involving himself and another photographer, that causes for want of better words a mental breakdown. On his return to his native Dublin he is a changed man who requires professional help in the shape of his girlfriends grandfather played by Christopher Lee. There is an interesting twist to the story at the end.

It should be said from the start that this is not a big budget movie, so the action is very limited. Thankfully it is devoid of CGI which makes a pleasant change these days. The film starts off interestingly with a series of flashbacks in Kurdistan. We see the awful reality of war when a Doctor gives patients beyond help a mercy shot. Where is that one in the Hippocratic oath? Farrell sees most of the atrocities through his viewfinder but is gradually consumed by the madness. These are promising building blocks for a good film, but things go astray on Farrell's return home. The story then quickly begins to lose its way. Christopher Lee is brought in for very little reason at all, and the Spanish civil war sub story is just confusing nonsense. Keep it simple Simon!

There was a great opportunity to flesh out Farrell's psychological problems which is completely lost. Look at that wonderful film "Regeneration", to see how that should be done, and if you want to go the whole hog read Pat Barker's Regeneration trilogy and you will be an expert on the subject! The film also loses some plausibility with Farrell's ability to take photographs that make Robert Capa's famous 'Falling soldier' photo taken during the Spanish Civil War look like the work of a complete amateur. Would a Kurdish doctor really allow a photographer to blithely snap shots of him engaged in mercy killings? I think not! The acting is not bad, and Farrell should be commended for his weight loss, which did make him look the part. Christopher Lee gives a strange Spanish accent whilst the beautiful Spanish actress Paz Vega gives a better one. Miss Vega looked like a tropical bird that had suddenly landed on the rainy streets of Dublin, such was her surreal beauty. The film was made not a million miles from where she was born, which must have been an attraction for her. Although well meaning the film is nowhere near as powerful as the director Danis Tanovic's previous fine effort "No Mans Land". For much of the running time it is a dull plodding affair. It tells us little new, and as such become yet more average fodder.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Harrowing Tale portrayed with Spectacular Performances, 7 July 2014
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Ms. L. E. Spurr "lara-s" (Durham, England) - See all my reviews
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This has to be one of the most moving films I've ever seen, with stellar performances by the whole cast, but in particular by both Colin Farrell and Christopher Lee. I really wasn't expecting it to be as good as it was because this seems to be a rather obscure film which I'd never heard of before seeing it listed here on Amazon whilst looking at something else. However, I'm glad I found it because it is a real gem of a war film which strikes right at the heart of how people try to cope with traumatic experiences and the terrible choices they may face in war. I've never seen survivor guilt protrayed quite so intensely or convincingly as this. Brilliant!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Colin Farrell's Oscar performance, 21 July 2013
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Extraordinary movie and Colin Farrell performance was good beyond belief, an Oscar worth performance. I loved the movie and Colin Farrell in it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Different, 18 July 2013
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Something a little different from Colin Farrell. An interesting film and worth seeing but probably not one that you would want to watch many times.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Specialist, low-budget, low-key but praise-able, 2 Mar 2011
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This review is from: Shell Shock [DVD] (aka Triage) [2009] (DVD)
Colin Farrell stars in this tough, low budget British war film, as an army photographer right in the thick of Iraqi fighting war-zones. He returns home to Ireland and struggles to readjust, being shell shocked.

The story, although very real, sometimes seems diluted and gets lost. The acting is effortless, solid and ultimately low-key, like the film, and fails to be anything but unimpressive - even if commendable in nature. The tone is moody, chilling at times and the pace is slow and emotion building (making it hard to submerse in).

In Summary - Not everyone's cup of tea and almost too morose to be enjoyed. I think Farrell fans will prefer it as he is the main piece. A commendable production.

THIS FILM IS ALSO KNOWN AS 'TRIAGE'
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shell Shock / Triage, 20 April 2011
This review is from: Shell Shock [DVD] (aka Triage) [2009] (DVD)
Excellent film ~ convincing relationship/conflict between the two photographers and interesting plot development. Fine acting particularly from Colin Farrell.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film, Entertaining and consistent, 25 Feb 2011
This review is from: Shell Shock [DVD] (aka Triage) [2009] (DVD)
With an impressive performance from Farrell, Shell Shock is an engaging, impressive action film. It offers a consistent level of acting, continuity and action. Definitely one to watch.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Starts off strongly but then turns into Holby City on the Liffey, 12 Feb 2012
This review is from: Shell Shock [DVD] (aka Triage) [2009] (DVD)
Triage (shell Shock) starts off well, and then it drifts off into what can only be described as an episode of a low budget BBC production Casulty or Holby City on the river Liffey. This movie really is that bad. Plot - Colin Farrell and his best mate are war photographers and they are 'working' in northern Iraq taking photos of the oppressed Kurds who are fighting for independence.

The fist half of the movie (in the war zone) is brilliant, but as soon as Colin Farrell returns home to Dublin the movie simply runs out of steam. The writer/ director must have realised this when he asked Colin Farrell to flash his naked body on screen for half a minute in a bathroom scene and reveal his trouser snake. Think Harvey Keitel in the Bad Lietanant. This 30 second shot of a full frontal naked Colin Farrell is totally pointless. It probably preoccupies the viewer from realisiing that the movie 'Triage' is running out of steam.
But hey, whay do i know?

Triage (aka Shell) shock is a dissappointment. Its great to see the brilliant Paz Vega (Sex and Lucia) back on the screen. Not even Colin Farell and his furrowed brow or eyebrows can save this movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 12 Aug 2014
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