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When an allied charge on the German lines goes horribly wrong, one man finds himself stranded in No Man's Land. Reuniting with two other survivors, together they must help each other as they charge into the unknown across the muddy wasteland as the Germans quickly hone in on the desperate trio. Tensions rise between the soldiers as they are surrounded by explosions of grenades with the constant rattle of machine guns in their ears. Time is running out as they make their way back over enemy lines as an impending attack could soon take them out.

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: November 26, 2013
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00EZ4DXBU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,802 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Alton Lomas on December 28, 2013
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This was a disappointing WW1 film: historically inaccurate, technically inaccurate, medically inaccurate, and most unnecessarily inaccurate in its portrayal of trench warfare. Much is made of three British soldiers trapped in No Man's Land after another failed frontal attack on German positions. The slightest noise by the Tommies hiding in a shell crater is enough to draw a storm of light arms fire, yet after the laughably inaccurate gas attack, there's no problem for an entire platoon of Germans (naturally, led by a rigid bullet-headed Prussian) who leave their trenches and go traipsing through the same No Man's Land fully upright in port arms position, wearing gas masks... No consistency.

Of course, the Platoon Commander for the the Brits in their sector has to be a silly cliché, a pompous, aristocratic Oxbridge type who has no concern at all for his men. The platoon sergeant is equally cliché, in that he (in contrast to the vacuous Lieutenant) is salt-of-the-earth, and a hero to his men... The other characters are predictably predictable as well.

I was also astounded to see a British soldier, who figures prominently in the drama, managing to get by on pluck, a bit of rum, and a lot of stiff upper lip when his leg is blown off by German artillery. Rather than succumb to shock, or blood loss, he pluckily binds up his stump with a tourniquet fashioned from his musette bag and webbing, and tally-hoes his way almost back to the British lines with a platoon of German infantrymen chasing after him across the mud, shell craters, and barbed wire.

The story had possibilities, but was obviously rushed to script and screen. The flagrant errors are simply the product of slap-dash historical research - a failing that is difficult to understand, given the extensive materials available.

Sad to see such interesting potential given a less-than-adequate treatment.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Michael A. Halleran on December 17, 2013
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Dear Mr. Director (also Mr. Producer and Lead Actor),

Can I please get my hour and thirty seven minutes back? Bad writing, wooden acting, cliche plot with the oh-so shocking abortion sub plot thrown in, and absolutely no understanding of the Great War or military history whatsoever. What a complete waste of time.

And by the way, no matter what army - corporals don't rate someone calling them "Sir." Crack a history book some time. Or better yet, a book on film making. You might learn something.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Chad G. Mckeough on January 23, 2014
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I stopped watching at 27 min. I love war movies and period pieces. I am willing to forgive quite a bit in a low budget movie, but...Enough said
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James Wolfe on January 29, 2014
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There are better WWI movies out there if you're looking: Beneath Hill 60, Gallipoli, even Paaschendale. I'm not sure what the point of this one was. The military side of the house was spot on - good combat footage, weapons, uniforms, and depiction of trench warfare. But you had this absurd premise of a senior NCO dragging one of his Corporals out of No-Man's-Land with a traumatically amputated leg, only to have him die when they get back to the trench. And then back in England the NCO's unfaithful wife undergoes a hideous, basement abortion done by a mere nurse who is the (gorgeous!!) widow of the Corporal! I'm not sure what kind of parallel they were trying to draw here but it went in a strange direction that I didn't expect. You decide.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By GotStuff on February 4, 2014
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Sick & Stupid Score: 8/7*

This could have been a very simple and elegant war story of camaraderie and heroism. Instead, the movie indulges itself in a sickening sub-story of an unfaithful wife and a botched abortion.

This hideous abortion digression is supposed to supply one of two sides of a metaphor: On the one side, we have women trying to destroy a life, on the other side, men trying to save a life. So much for a failed attempt at raising this story to the level of cinematic art.

If you are looking for a straight-up story of World War I and the World War I generation, forget watching this movie. The traditional romantic tension of soldiers at the front longing to be with their girlfriends and wives back home, or of faithful women waiting for their heroic lovers to return, does not exist in this movie. That theme has been supplanted by adultery, pregnancy, and a gory basement abortion, as opposed to the standard “back-alley abortion” of feminist mythology.

The synopsis for this movie is a lie. Avoid this very sick and stupid movie.
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* The Sick & Stupid Score ranks movies from zero to ten in each category. For example, a Sick & Stupid Score of 5/5 indicates the movie is about average Sick and about average Stupid. A Score of 10/10 indicates the movie is so gross and idiotic no one should watch it; whereas a Score of 0/0 is a perfect movie.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joe Perrine on March 7, 2014
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Looking for more action to the story on the battlefield. Could have shown the few British survivors somehow destroying the German defenders in the trenches. I thought there was a little too much discussion about the one soldier's wife having an affair and then and an abortion.
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The war scenes were alright. There were some issues, such as the German gas attack which was pretty pitiful. If all gas attacks were like the one in this film then gas would have only been a minor nuisance. There are some war movie cliches, such as the pompous jackass of an officer, and the fact that the Germans have scars on their faces to make them look mean. The cheesiest of all is the trap that the British set for the Germans.

The protagonist informs the other two survivors that at a certain time the German trench (and all of no man's land too, apparently) will be hammered by artillery. This is the reason that the three survivors are rushing against the clock to get back to their lines. But just in case this heavy artillery bombardment doesn't work, we later learn that the British have set a trap.

The entire front line trench has been rigged with high explosives and the British have pulled back. The British WANT the Germans to attack, capture the trench and then be blown up. Okay, so what is the purpose of the massive artillery bombardment if the British actually wanted the lure the Germans out and into their trap? A massive artillery attack would only succeed in keeping the Germans pinned down in their own trenches, hiding in their dugouts.

Of course this ingenious plan is foiled when one of the characters runs through no man's land in order to stop the impending artillery attack. He makes it through no man's land without being shot by the Germans (and the British too), but then snags his foot on a trip wire, falls into the recently abandoned front line trench and is promptly blown to the moon. Pompous jackass officer does not approve.

There were a few other things I found to be cheesy, but overall I could overlook this sort of thing.
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