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5.0 out of 5 stars Not your average war film., 3 April 2014
This review is from: The Patrol [DVD] (DVD)
I saw The Patrol in Brighton this evening, and really enjoyed it.

if you like Michael Bay style action or gung-ho American war films, this isn't for you. However, if you want something more considered, more honest and more realistic, you should watch this film.

Director Tom Petch is a former soldier, and his depiction of the realities of military operations are consequently more true-to-life and convincing than some of the high budget, glossy, war-as-entertainment shows more commonly seen. It's also a beautifully shot and edited film, nicely capturing the heat and dust of desert operations, along with the 98% boredom/2% sheer terror of infantry warfare.

Furthermore the disparate characters that make up the patrol are nicely played by the cast, keeping the tensions, stress and camaraderie simmering nicely throughout. This keeps the interest going throughout the film, rather than relying 4 or 5 flashy action set-pieces with rather dull filler in between that seems to form the staple of most war films.

Definitely a film for the enthusiast or connoisseur rather than the casual viewer. Shame it's not available on Blu-Ray.
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Showing 1-4 of 4 posts in this discussion
Initial post: 12 Apr 2014 13:35:36 BDT
S. Riley says:
Is it shot in that irritating and nausea-inducing pseudo-documentary "wobblycam" style?

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Apr 2014 11:57:41 BDT
Anon says:
Yes, I'd like to know too - I can't watch wobble cam stuff, too irritating.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Apr 2014 16:46:47 BDT
Last edited by the author on 26 Apr 2014 16:47:50 BDT
I don't really remember. It also annoys the hell out of me, so I suspect that if there was some of that style of cinematography, it was kept to a minimum in terms of usage and amplitude of wobble. I think it may have been confined to the action scenes, but I'll let you know once I've watched it on DVD.

I certainly don't remember it being intrusive. Certainly nowhere near as bad as films like Elysium.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Jul 2015 20:20:23 BDT
A. P. Owens says:
It's NOT filmed on the wobble hand cam!
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