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Red Sands (2009)

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During a mission in the Middle East, a group of US soldiers destroy a statue out of boredom only to then be visited by something the next day.

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SSgt. Marcus Howston
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Trevor Anderson
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Gregory Wilcox
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Pfc. Chard Davies
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Pfc. Tino Hull
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Pfc. Jorge Wardell (as Noel G)
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Arab Woman (as Mercedes Masöhn)
Govinda Touzene ...
Afghan Child
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Parker
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Goat Herder
Ashourina Benjamin ...
Ahfgan Dead Mom (as Asharina Benjamin)
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Matt Carson
Chris Carter ...
Hollister
Kim Stodel ...
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During a mission in the Middle East, a group of US soldiers destroy a statue out of boredom only to then be visited by something the next day.

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Stone House  »

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Almost all nocturnal establishing shots of the house show the same cloud formation in the sky. See more »

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Pfc. Chard Davies: Yes sir, Mr. President.
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Claustrophobic and Tense
23 April 2009 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In the Bagram Airbase in Afghanistan, the Staff Sergeant Marcus Howston (Leonard Roberts) is assigned to stay temporary based in the desert nearby Kabul with six other soldiers guarding a road that they can not see from Al Qaeda. While patrolling the desert, they find a millenary temple with a stone carved idol; their translator Gregory Wilcox (Callum Blue) explains that worshippers come to that place to idolize Djinn, a race that have hatred for humans and was made by Allah from the smokeless flame in the beginning of the times in accordance with the Islam and pre-Islamic Arabian folklore. One racist soldier shots the statue that falls apart, unleashing a supernatural force. They camp in an abandoned house and during a sand storm, a Muslim woman (Mercedes Masöhn) comes out of the blue. Sooner they find that their truck was sabotaged and their communication broke down. The group stranded in the middle of nowhere gets mad and they are consumed by their sins and guilty.

"Red Sands" is a claustrophobic and tense psychological horror movie, with a great surrealistic story that can be interpreted as a madness process of a group of soldiers stranded in a place that they do not understand the culture and the language. There are many racist and stupid dialogs and situations, like when the sexist soldier shots an archaeological site, but what else could the viewer expect from invaders under stress? The distributor Sony of Brazil shows a total lake of respect with the Brazilian consumers, releasing a shameful DVD without subtitles in Portuguese. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Força Maligna" ("Malign Force")


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