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on 24 August 2014
The first time I tried to watch this I abandoned it after only 5 minutes. I had bought a professionally packaged DVD, with hot, gushy praise on the notes, something which led the purchaser to have an expectation of seriousness of some sort or another.
As an ex soldier I found the 'film' risible; I'm staying with my mother at the moment, and even *she* found the 'field craft' risible, and I couldn't help thinking that the characters were badly drawn stereotypes of civilian misperceptions of what it means to be a soldier; they reminded me of the simplistic, silly and childish beliefs on the same held by fellow students I met at university, on leaving the forces.
As another reviewer puts it the actors wandered through "dappled forest glades" and that is the point; no use of cover, bare white arms, light coloured clothing, too many different calibres of weapon, badly scripted dialogue that was worsened by atrocious acting even if it was meant to be tongue in cheek according to supportive review, which smacks IMO of an attempt at plausible denial. "Tongue in cheek"? It felt as if someone was trying to put /their/ tongue in *my* cheek, a smoker to be precise. Satires frequently work, but only if credibly done. The effects were substandard in comparison to the serious work people tout on YouTube as a means for attracting industry attention. Satire or not there was nothing at all credible about this piece, except possibly the countryside, which did at least represent an improvement on 1970s cardboard sets and quarries.
Certainly the marketing and packaging were leagues ahead of the item itself, giving the impression that this was a serious piece of work, as did the blurb on the back of the wallet, and I quote:
"Breathtaking! Makes you feel like you're actually there!" and "Heart pounding action"
Believe me, I was not at all "there". I was in a cold state of disenchantment, wasting an hour and a half.
Perhaps the jacket reviews were written by viewers whose pre-film diet included substantial amounts of hallucinogenic substances, topped with dangerous levels of a psychotropic stimulant - a D-amphetamine perhaps - or perhaps this was a cynical exercise in deception, intended to generate cash for better future offering. Whatever, there was absolutely no excuse at all for this, which can only generate scepticism amongst UK viewers in respect of the home 'industry'.
I will not be giving this 'work' to the charity shop, as I do not want anyone to pay for this... ...thing. Instead I intend to inflict it upon my friends, one of whom reviews films, writes scripts and books and does other related stuff.
It is unfortunate that my only review on Amazon is so highly negative, but I believe that people need to know, convincingly, how they are wasting their money, so that there is no excuse, as there was for me, for buying such a shoddy product.
Final verdict; don't drink good beer whilst watching this if you have it, this will be a sad waste. OTOH, spend the money on that extra beer instead because, whilst you may not know it, you will enjoy yourself a lot more watching Tee Vee. My beer for the evening was Poacher's choice, a high quality drink.