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I Am Soldier

I Am Soldier follows Mickey Tomlinson, a military chef, who attempts the most dangerous military selection known to man: The Special Air Service (S.A.S.) selection.

Starring:
Tom Hughes, Noel Clarke
Runtime:
1 hour, 27 minutes

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Genres Action & Adventure
Director Ronnie Thompson
Starring Tom Hughes, Noel Clarke
Supporting actors Alex Reid, George Russo, Miranda Raison, Josh Myers, David Goodman, Ian Pirie, Jordan Long, Philip Desmeules, Allistair McNab, Mike Fury, Lee Charles, Joe Egan, Jean-Paul Jesstiece, Duncan Casey, Marcus Byron Keating, Paul King, Damian Greig, Phillip Moir
Studio Lionsgate
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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By Steven TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 23 April 2014
Format: DVD
The shooting style is quite different, almost a blend of docudrama and motion picture.The harsh landscape could've done with a more artful cinematographer to bring out its rugged and unforgiving nature. There are plenty of landscape shots but as a viewer they kept me distant when I really needed to feel the footfalls in the snow and ice on my breath.

Ronnie Thompson took on a impossible task, a film of this nature has to revisit elements of Ultimate Force and Who Dares Wins, both of which were well received and criticised in equal merit; UF was a popcorn piece whilst WDW erred towards the espionage angle rather than acton, neither of them pleased everybody. We've also had the ground breaking SAS "are you tough enough" series which was pretty compelling viewing for anyone with a passing interest. Added to that are comparisons with every similar movie made across the pond, The Finest Hour, Full Metal Jacket and GI Jane etc cover similar ground of recruitment and selection culminating in a military operation. I considered all of these past viewings while I watched the strangely titled I am Soldier.

As an accompaniment to the myriad of books on SAS selection this does a decent enough job. There are patches of dark humour; prospective recruits being directed to a derelict pub raised a wry smile. The parts of selection that we do get to see are well filmed, in good locations and we also get a couple of cast members we can actually invest in. Cliche is inevitable and although the story trods a few well worn paths they don't spoil things.
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Truly dire. From the start, the casting failed to convince that these were realistic SAS candidates. The twist to make Mickey a chef didn't work - Steven Seagal in Under Siege revisited? It was a weird decision to make Noel Clarke (Wyman - Auf Wiedersehen Pet and Dr Who), who is a very good actor in the right role, but he is totally unconvincing as a hard-bitten SAS SgtMajor. The plot is just the SAS selection process strung out, with an unbelievably poor terrorist plot for the last 15 minutes. I seriously doubt the SAS could make such a bad botch of the job that ends the film.
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I am Soldier, written and directed by Ronnie Thompson is an attempt to
portray how an ordinary squaddie makes it through to the SAS elite UK
Special Forces regiment. A sort of homage to the SAS that does not
quite make the grade.

Tom Hughes, ( Silk, Cemetery Junction) ably plays the part of Mickey
Tomlinson, a young soldier with a somewhat tortured history, who
seeks to eradicate his fears by joining the SAS and proving himself.
We have the Escape and Evade, set in what looks like, the snow covered
Brecon Beacons, followed by the horrific and humiliating torture of
the Tactical Questioning routine. Very few can cope with that in real
life, and Hughes acting of the part was very realistic.
The film then goes on to include a very basic encounter with terrorists
in what seems like a disused factory, culminating in a unit from the
Counter Terrorism Squadron, under Noel Clarke, saving the day and
capturing the bomb with a very abrupt ending.
Tom Hughes creates a believable character, as does Noel Clarke as
his training officer, but the film lacks class in it's cinematography
and weak direction.

This was so obviously a low budget effort and it shows.
The actors are let down by a writer who thinks he is a director.
It may come off as brilliant on the page, but there was little 'magic'
throughout the film. No idea if this was a straight to DVD movie, but
I must admit I never saw it advertised anywhere other than on Amazon.
A reasonable vehicle for rising stars Tom Hughes and Noel Clarke,
but overall I could not give it more than 3 stars.

Subtitled in English.
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Once again a director uses some kind of film trick he thinks will be artistic,
The black out,s.... between scenes... was so amateurish and off putting it was ludicrous to do it.
The Story was good until the final part, were they tackle a group of terrorist,s, the fighting scenes looked like children play fighting, it was so bad I cant describe how bad it was...This could have been a great film..that it was not..
tell the director to go watch the die hard films and study the direction in those.. an how they handled the action scenes...if they paid him more than £5.00 he was overpaid.. A film spoiled by lack of attention and professionalism ..Poor.
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A mate said to give this a miss. I ignored him. That'll teach me.
There's not a single original idea in this film. Awkward encounter with the training staff before the course starts? Check. Male lead with tortured past? Check. Training montage? Check. Wise, experienced superior who can see the potential in the lead character? Check. Female love interest shoe-horned in? Check. The hero's mate dies tragically? Jeez, Just watch Top Gun instead.

The last 15 minutes are hysterical. Terrorists have a dirty bomb in the UK. Lets send just a handful of SAS men. No big deal. We'll only use one sniper, so that he can't provide any help to the hero. The elite SAS use plastic wheely bins as cover against terrorists with automatic weapons. The hero and his wise master clearing a corridor slowly and methodically, but get surprised by two terrorists... jumping out of a doorway to attack them. They decide not to use their radios to get their mates to help them take out the last bad guys, despite using them to communicate seconds before. The wise master decides to take on the terrorist with bare hands for a while, then suddenly remembers he's carrying a fighting knife.

I Am Soldier makes Ultimate Force look like cinéma vérité.

I'm sure it's just a coincidence that 7 of the 5 star reviewers haven't reviewed any other product. And another three have given glowing 5 star reviews to other Ronnie Thompson projects.
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