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Deserter 2012


Based on a true story about a young man's shattered illusions and the blurry line between hero and deserter during war time. Starring Tom Hardy (Inception, Warrior, The Dark Knight Rises), Deserter is a tension-packed war thriller set during Algeria's bloody fight for independence.

Paul Fox, Tom Hardy
1 hour, 34 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Military & War, Drama
Director Martin Huberty
Starring Paul Fox, Tom Hardy
Supporting actors Kate Maberly, Aitor Merino, Félicité Du Jeu, Javier Alcina, Yorick van Wageningen, Bruno Munoz-Rojas, Christian Mulot, Dugald Bruce Lockhart, Enzo Cilenti, Bruno Lastra, Katie Jones, Nabil Elouahabi, Alexandre Ottoveggio
Studio CreateSpace
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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By Tommy Dooley TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 4, 2012
Format: DVD
This is a 2002 film that has been re released to shamelessly cash in on the increasingly deserved success of screen hunk, Tom Hardy (`Warrior' etc). It places his name up front but he is not the star. This is the film of the auto biopgraphy by Simon Murray - `Legionnaire'. Murray is played by Paul Fox, who must be related to a side board his acting is so wooden. His previous acting highs have come in the TV soap `Coronation Street' and the voice of Corff the bartender in video game `Dragon Age II'!

Well the plot goes that he gets rebuffed by a lady and in stiff upper lipped fashion he runs off to join the romance of The French Foreign Legion as his hero is Errol Flynn. His timing is pretty off as this coincides with the Algerian awakening for independence and as France has just been kicked out of Vietnam there are not that many places for him to be sent - so Algeria it is.

First he has to suffer boot camp and it is really not a very nice place at all and is actually done rather well. There he meets Mr Hardy playing Dupont a Frenchman. The film follows the ever increasing fractionalisation of the authorities in Algeria as Mr Murray becomes a sort of tourist historian. He goes for walks in the souks and visits mosques to learn about the Islamic culture and it is all a bit cringe worthy, I actually thought this is all a bit history for dummies at one point.

There is some action with explosives and shoot outs and an almost love interest with a certain Nicole - who phoned in her performance.
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Format: DVD
The year is 1960. Simon Murray (Paul Fox) joins the French Foreign Legion because of his romantic notions. It is an iron clad contract for 5 years during which he is sent to Algeria where the Arabs are fighting for Independence. Like "Full Metal Jacket" the film takes you through the rigors of training with cruel and sadistic trainers. The diverse group of trainees bond together. Simon supplies us with some boring first person narration to the background of some melancholy French tune.

Simon makes it through training, and life gets better...almost. He gets a "Dear John" letter and wants to leave. In town he discovers the locals hate the French and want their independence. His romantic notions have placed him on the wrong side, one that he is committed to be a part. His ideas of life become confused and tested in the reality of life and conflict. There are French and Algerians who are on both sides of the independence movement, primarily for economic reasons.

In many ways this movie mimics the US involvement in Vietnam, and just about any war against colonization. There is a major exception to this film in that...well I will let that one go as that becomes the twist in the tale. And even though it may be history, it was history I was unaware.

The acting was acceptable. The film jumps from scene to scene. You don't know how one scene ends before you are in a scene you wonder how it began. Perhaps this was deliberately done by the director so the audience can feel the confusion of the main character, or maybe it was just poor writing and editing. This is one of those areas where one person sees genius and another sees idiot.

The action is light. The drama involves mostly men. There is next to no humor. Excessive first person narration with a mediocre sound track. A story that is theme heavy.

No-f-bombs, sex, or nudity. Most of the actual killing is off camera.
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Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This film was recommended to me so I bought it. At the time I did not have a Reg.2 player so I was extremely disappointed that I couldn't see it. When I was able to see it, I realized why my friends had recommended it. First, it is another Tom Hardy gem, though one of the British Foxes plays the lead and is very, very good.
The plot of the movie is suspenseful. You will never suspect what occurs at the end. The unrequited love angle seems almost an afterthought, tho the movie is based on a real story. It tells of the French Foreign Legion (into which no French men are allowed!) during the Algerian struggle for independence. Simon (the "Deserter") sees both sides of the struggle and wonders why, in a land so large, Arabs and Europeans cannot live together. Like they had done for generations. Poor Simon, he is so naive one thinks he will not make it out of boot camp. But he is befriended by DuPont (Hardy) and learns through him how to be a soldier and survivor. This is a terrifc movie, another indie, and I would get a copy of it before it goes out of print in both continents. It's worth it.
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By jnaki on January 31, 2016
Format: Amazon Video Verified Purchase
it never amazes us that people go through stuff in the military. it is just awful, but, it takes certain people to do it. does it make better soldiers? that remains to be seen. sometimes one wonders if the awful training causes more damage than expected. this movie shows that torture and it makes a dreadful result. war movies show people in the most stressing moments, but you wonder if the results are worth it. tom hardy has improved in the most recent movies that he has been in, but this one starts his persona in the other movies. brooding is a good word to describe the character. was the movie good? it was ok. yrmv
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