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As the Great War rages across Europe, a gritty platoon fights beneath enemy lines to defend an underground labyrinth packed with enough explosives to change the course of the war. As the battle intensifies, the group bravely makes one final stand to force back the enemy.
Over an hour of Bonus Features:
Making-of Featurette, Cast/Crew Interviews and B-roll footage
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The principal character, Oliver Woodward (Brendan Cowell), was an Australian copper miner who joined the Australian army's tunneling unit, made up largely of men with mining experience. His pre-war life was shown in flashbacks that include his budding romance with the lovely Marjorie Waddell, played by Isabella Heathcote.
The film gave a fascinating look at the little known WWI tactic of mining the enemy's trenches, a tactic that was used by both sides on occasion.
Note: In the actual Battle of Messines, the underground explosives detonated by the British On June 7, 1917 killed about 10,000 German soldiers. The powerful explosions reportedly were heard as far away as London (150 miles) and Dublin (430 miles).
Note: Closed captioning is available, but the X-ray feature is not.
Tender moments between the protagonist and his young bride are especially poignant when he returns home with a bad case of PTSD.
Overall, as war movies go, this is a good one. Realism is very important to me in this assessment. The abject filth in the trenches, suffering, and meaningless death all combine to show what a waste the entire war was. Of course, WW1, and the way it was ended with the defeat and destruction of Germany together with financial ruin that followed, set the stage for even more spectacular killing to come in WW2.
Understanding human nature requires understanding war. This is a very good movie for that purpose. I highly recommend it.
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