Bear with me . . .
This film has not gotten much news. I did not even realize it had been released. Amazon did not list it with their new release films. I had to search for it directly.
I watched this film after seeing the New York City fireworks shown live on NBC on July 4th, 2020. I was not sure anyone was going to show fireworks this year from what I've seen from the saturation of the mainstream media the last two weeks. I can tell you I have been feeling low, hurt and disillusioned.
What does this have to due with the film or subject matter? To me everything . . . I am saddened, proud and encouraged this story was told. The men & women that have fought and died for all Americans since 1776 deserve our thanks and our remembrance. ..."Ideals are peaceful; history is violent."
The review . . .
Well done movie overall. They drop you into the camp at night with a troop rotation and you follow the soldiers around in their day to day tasks for awhile. There is no preaching in this film . . . no catch phrases or one liners. They just tell the story. It almost feels like you are watching an embedded camera crew's perspective at times. I can't imagine what it really felt like to be in that valley, but thought they did a good job conveying "brasses" SNAFU, FUBAR & WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT . . . decision for location of the camp!
The dialog, interpersonal relationships and command structure pulled you into the moments of the film. I felt the actors became the soldiers they were portraying. You could feel the fear, frustration and professionalism of the soldiers come thru the actors portrayals. I have watched many films and documentaries from many conflicts since the second world war. I felt the director / actors accurately portrayed the futility of their situation at the same time expressing the calm leadership needed for their survival, especially by the NCOs.
A solid war movie a great portrayal of true heroism! I highly recommend you watch this film and remember what our armed forces due for all Americans every day! If we do not listen to these stores and remember our society will forget and never appreciate why they are free to make choices!