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Atmospheric war movie.
on 12 April 2012
I first caught this movie on Freeview a long time ago, and subsequently watched it again twice, making that in total three times. I then went out and bought it on DVD for a cheap price, and have since bought it from Amazon. I could have said enough there to make you think about buying it, but a proper review is not a review without some elaboration for purposes of clarification: for example, why I liked it.
Well, for starters, it was on late and having nothing else to do I consequently became engrossed not once but about three times over a short period of time (you "showing all week on Film4" afficionados know what I'm on about) in a movie that spirited you away to another time, another place that could mystify you even more than, say, a fantasy or a sci-fi story especially if you were watching it alone...which I was. I was drawn into the world of Afghanistan's desert (the focus of the movie situation) and into the observation of the survival and self-maintenance of a lone Russian tank crew on an invasive mission based on actual historical conflict. Of course, this story was as fictional as if you put John Wayne in the Wild West, but it was gripping and as real as if you were really there nonetheless.
Although reality bites only when, for example, the likes of world cinema is accompanied by subtitles in its native language, this was in English but truly worked and remained convincing throughout where concerned the faux-Russian tank crew, and also avoided the frustration of not being able to follow the movie with ease as a result. After all, you'd need an interpreter for a foreign language anyway: what difference does it make having subtitles or the movie dubbed? Thankfully, this was neither: the only foreign language that needed to be converted into subtitles was the Aghan actors'. The Russian tank crew were played by American actors but play their parts well.
I liked the feeling of mystery of the unknown, unexplored territory and also how the film developed into a story of revenge with a twist in its tale. Jarhead had a similar kind of atmosphere, of heat, of loneliness, of lostness and yet of nature in all its raw energy.
My rating for this movie is a personal rating for a movie that greatly endeared itself to me on a night alone with a tank crew in the wilderness, and as such is sincere and if you read my review looking for a good war movie without any real war on a grand scale in it, I promise you you can take my word for it!