The Mark of Cain 2009 R

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(18) IMDb 6.5/10

Shane Gulliver and Mark Tate (Treacle) are two ordinary 18 year-olds serving with the British Army in Iraq.

Starring:
Gerard Kearns, Matthew McNulty
Runtime:
1 hour, 31 minutes

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The Mark of Cain

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Product Details

Genres Military & War, Drama
Director Marc Munden
Starring Gerard Kearns, Matthew McNulty
Supporting actors Naomi Bentley, Elliot Cowan, Brendan Coyle, Heather Craney, Shaun Dingwall, Shaun Dooley, Leo Gregory, Alistair Petrie, Pip Torrens, Roger Barclay, Matthew Gravelle, Kevin Knapman, Simon Naylor, Andrew Readman, Barry Sloane, Paul Stocker, Ali Khalil, Dhaffer L'Abidine
Studio Revolver Entertainment
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Rental rights 3-day viewing period. Details
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Very, very strong impact.
PAUL CHANG
And this story of liberating Iraq and further enduring a freedom by British troopers is exactly what it is.
Michael Kerjman
Wanted to like it,get thru it, but couldn't.
Kanenberg

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Chen Zak Kane on December 3, 2013
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I served in Iraq as a US Marine, and had the privilege of serving with UK Royal Marine and Engineers.

This movie is likely one of the worst renderings of that conflict I have had the displeasure of seeing. The early scenes in Iraq on patrol with boredom and chaos are accurately done.

But then the quickly becomes filled with judgement, stereotyping of soldiers by those who likely don't know any personally, and agenda of the liberal anti-war bent.

The underlying narrative the producers seek to enlighten us with their agenda, all easily summarized as:

1) most soldiers are not too smart and most are tricked into war by cynical older men;
2) most soldiers are just young cannon fodder who do no good;
3) many if not most soldiers are brutal, sadistic and inhumane;
4) war bends all people into animals and no war is ever worth fighting; and
5) the title Mark of Cain is meant to imply soldiers are like Cain, the very first murder, all soldiers are murderers.

There is little idealism or anything noble in the producer's world view and this storyline.

I highly recommend you take a pass watching this movie unless you wish to be dispirited for no good reason. The film is inaccurate and does a great disservice to all soldiers and Marines of all generations of every nation.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kanenberg on September 4, 2010
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Wanted to like it,get thru it, but couldn't. I prefer most British films with subtitles cause my hearing isn't the best and here with all the noise of combat on top of the accents I found it impossible to understand what was being said. My rule is--if I can't understand it I let it go and watch something else which is a shame cause the Iraq War from a Great Britian perspective is why I bought this DVD. If your hearing is top notch--great, get this and enjoy. If it isn't like mine, don't purchase this DVD.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Angela on July 14, 2011
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Provoking. Two young British men-Mark and Shane- join the Iraq war. They grow familiar with the constant stress; they face, for the first time, the breaking points of mental and physical exhaustion. Nothing is safe here--every littered Coke can could be a cleverly disguised bomb. When their company captain is killed, a superior officer cracks, and orders the boys to begin torturing the locals. It is only until Mark and Shane have arrived safely back on UK shores that they are forced to confront the consequences of their actions.

Thoughtful, relevant to contemporary times, beautifully filmed on a modest budget. It's little surprise the film won a BAFTA and the "Movies That Matter" Award at the Rotterdam International Film Festival.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By skv on September 28, 2011
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this story is emotional and gripping. It keeps you on edge at all times and gives you great insight to Britain's role in Iraq, something that not many Americans get to see.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Avid Reader on March 25, 2014
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I watched this only because one of my favorite actors, Brendan Coyle, was in it, but all too briefly. It was brutal and difficult to watch but knowing it was based on things that actually happenes within the military of all countries was disturbing but on the other hand, we should not think all military personnel are heroes. That such brutality was sanctioned by the higher echelon was most disturbing especially when these "officers" blamed everything on their subordinates. Not a movie for the squeamish.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Kim on July 13, 2011
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A heartfelt film about two 18 year old going out to Iraq representing British army. This film is something you cannot describe and you just have to watch. Not your typical war movie. Produced and directed in Britain and it's a big different than your typical Hollywood films. Its nice to see a different perspective on the subject of war.
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The Mark of Cain = lots of food for thought. I agree with many other reviewers that it is totally brutal. Tread carefully, because some scenes are graphic and violent, and the rest are very emotionally loaded. Specifically, there's bullying, mental health problems, torture, and suicide, which are hard enough to process individually, but in this case they're all portrayed in a two hour block. It's not a movie for the physically or emotionally squeamish.

The complicated moral center of the movie (which pretty explicitly states that Mark and Shane's only two options are loyalty or morality) is, I think, what has some people very fired up, but I would argue it's a fair portrait of the reality of war. Also, many of the events that come back to haunt Mark and Shane transpire extremely quickly, in a matter of minutes or seconds, as do the major decisions that the characters make. I really appreciated the balance between head-spinning action and the monotony of soldiers sitting around camp for hours on end, because it felt very true to life.

Someone noted below that the dialogue is hard to understand; this is somewhat true, given that almost everyone in the film speaks with a very particular North English accent (practically Scouse, like the Beatles). Personally I didn't have much trouble with it- however, if you're not used to listening to people speak in this accent, it's still fairly easy to pick up on the mood of the action.

The character development is striking and very well done. I actually grew attached to Mark and Shane's characters super quickly and I doubt I was the only one; what's more, their personalities in contrast to their actions is really what makes the rest of the movie so horrifying. All in all, it was a very enjoyable movie, though I need some time before I'll be able to watch it again...
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