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No frills, real soldiers
on 2 March 2015
Before I wrote this review, I read some of the best and worst reviews, and realised that before I even started typing that the film achieved, if nothing else, to polerise people.....I guess just like the war.
This is a war film, not a explosion filled, hero laced, candy topped version with a huge adrenalin filled score. It is a condensed account of a small unit of soldiers, put at breaking point in a conflict which was sometimes far from clear. It will not leave you satisfied, it does not make concessions in its language towards non-military people, and will raise more questions than it answers...........and that is the whole point. If you wish to see what really lies behind the term "Soldier" then this is a close as you can get.
I will say only this. I have been that angry soldier, that conflicted Lieutenant, and that Captain struggling to keep it together. I have had Sergeants trying to do right by their men, had territorial and reserve soldiers who either cant or wont be let to fit in (and sometimes out-performed there professional comrades). If you don't believe that any of these aspects can or have occurred, then take assurance from an old hand......they have and they do, all and unadulterated and worse. Soldiers, soldier, not because of orders, not for patriotism, not for money, not for love, food or sleep, they do it for the man next to them, and the respect that comes from that service.....that title 'Soldier'.