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Review: Hyena Road Straddles A Blurred Line

11 March 2016 6:00 AM, PST | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Hyena Road is a bit of a difficult film to quantify. On the one hand, it follows perhaps a bit too closely to some cliched images and story formats of soldiers at war. On the other, it has an earnestness and frequently a humility that perhaps could only come from a Canadian perspective of a war that has seemingly little purpose. Paul Gross' third feature film, and his second about Canadian soldiers (his second film, Passchendaele, focused on Wwi), attempts and mostly succeeds at a balanced perspective, neither completely exonerating nor villifying either side in the war. Set in Kandahar province in Afghanistan, Ryan Sanders (Rossif Sutherland), an expert sharpshooter, and his team, manage to escape being killed by a group of Taliban fighters due...

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Exclusive: Even The Dirt Is Hostile In Clip From Afghanistan War Drama 'Hyena Road'

4 March 2016 10:03 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Canadian filmmaker and actor Paul Gross is no stranger to tacking tales of war. In 2008 he released "Passchendaele," his epic take on the titular battle, and now, eight years later, he's back with "Hyena Road," a new feature that takes on the contemporary, complicated war in Afghanistan.  Read More: 'Demolition,' 'Spotlight,' And 'Hyena War' In The Mix To Open Tiff Starring Rossif Sutherland, Christine Horne, Nabil Elouahabi, Niamatullah Arghandabi, Allan Hawco, Clarke Johnson, and Gross himself, the drama follows Canadian troops in Afghanistan who weather Taliban attacks while struggling to complete construction on a crucial highway link. Here's the official synopsis: Three men, three different paths, caught in conflict but brought together to save lives: a highly skilled sniper who can’t think of his targets as human; an intelligence officer who has never killed while on duty; and a legendary Afghan warrior who left war behind but gets. »

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