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When a new sergeant, James, takes over a highly trained bomb disposal team amidst violent conflict, he surprises his two subordinates, Sanborn and Eldridge by recklessly plunging them into a deadly game of urban combat. As the men struggle to control their wild new leader, the city explodes into chaos, and James true character reveals itself in a way that will change each man forever.
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The use of hand-held camera, which often has documentary resonances, together with a narrative evenness which treats all moments as equally significant could be expected to produce a distancing/alienating effect in the viewer, and if you are expecting crescendos and diminuendos it probably does just that. Yet these devices are capable of having the opposite effect, drawing the viewer into the very grit and grain and breath and terrible ambiguity of events as they unfold for a team of bomb disposal technicians operating in the dangerous streets of Iraq. Impeccable editing makes this work and you end up knowing in your bone-marrow that war is hell, that soldiers end up doing their own thing as plans give way to chaos, that for some war is nevertheless addictive, and that seemingly ordinary people are capable of insane degrees of bravery.
The direction and acting are superb and without the slightest false note. Particularly look out for a scene in which Jeremy Renner's Sergeant William James answers his compadre's question on how he faces the high probability of death day after day, and apparently without fear. With a few deft strokes, the character of William James becomes rounded, complex, utterly human and complete. [The protagonists are ambling along in an armoured vehicle, chatting rather laconically.]
Give this film a chance and it will blow you away!
The story is awful to the point I wonder if they tried. Accuracy is cringeworthy and from an ethical PoV with the subject matter it leave a bit of a sour taste. I don't expect it to be journalistic ethics bound like a documentary should be and I expect some artistic license, exaggerations and so on as that is how Hollywood works but this was outrageous. Having the lead role capable of firing lasers out his eyes and crapping APOBS would be just as realistic imo and would've entertained more at least. I wouldn't mind the lack of realism if it propped up the telling of an exceptional or even merely unusual story but instead it was just mediocre copypaste sameold sameold with complete lack of attention to detail. Really don't understand how this won anything from people who'd seen it, I suspect it was a token award for the supposed subject matter/political message etc given without the film actually being viewed.
The film is most certainly intense, and should hold your attention.
It follows 'Bravo' unit, a 'U.S' Bomb Disposal team during it's final 30 days or so of 'tour of duty'
It deals with the tensions and fears of the unit's members as they try to defuse bombs, handle suicide bombers, and of course face ambush situations.
The film is set during the American occupation of 'Bagdad' during one of the most controversial conflicts of modern times, which in truth we all have differing views of ( me ? i think it should have reached a conclusion first time around '1991', which may well have avoided the '2003' return, credibility for the action, many including myself, was a little questionable, i'm sure that many have a different opinion of it ? )
the film is so worthy of a spin.
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Great film. More about the psychological effects of time in a war zone than actual combat. Well worth a watchPublished 7 hours ago by Steve Lynch
Some really great acting from a really strong cast. Unfortunately, that's about all I can say for this film. The plot is truly dire, and it was a genuine struggle not to doze off. Read morePublished 2 months ago by fdbbdfdsfbd
Unbelievable. Opened the sealed wrapper and opened the case to find (independence day) disc in. Theifing cheating cons. Didn't want to give 1 star but had too so I could post this.Published 3 months ago by Gavin Hildrop
One of my Top 10 best films. I saw this when it first came out and been looking for the dvd ever since. Can't wait to watch it againPublished 3 months ago by Margaret Meddings