SHRAPNEL tells the story of two veterans of the Bosnian War, one American, one Serbian, who clash in the Appalachian Mountain wilderness. FORD is a former American soldier who fought on the front lines in Bosnia. When our story begins, he has retreated to a remote cabin in the woods, trying to escape painful memories of war. The drama begins when KOVAC, a former Serbian soldier, seeks Ford out, hoping to settle an old score. What follows is a cat-and-mouse game in which Ford and Kovac fght their own personal World War III, with battles both physical and psychological. By the end of the flm, old wounds are opened, suppressed memories are drawn to the surface and long-hidden secrets about both Ford and Kovac are revealed. Written by
When Benjamin emerges from the rapids and seeks shelter in a nearby cave, the survival techniques he uses are all authentic. He urinates on his leg wound to disinfect it as urine contains salts and ammonia. He later uses a medicinal herb poultice under a bandage to facilitate the safe healing of the wound. He sanitized water by boiling it, then makes pine tea to further warm his body core to prevent hypothermia setting in. The fire pit he digs is taught in military special forces, who adopted it from the Native Americans. Commonly known as a "Dakota" fire pit. It is two chambers dug into the ground roughly elbow deep that join at the bottom in a "V", with the excavated dirt mounded at the rims. The larger chamber contains the fire while the narrower one provides airflow at the base. The value of the fire pit is that it conceals firelight, as well as has the ability to be instantly extinguished and concealed by pushing the excavated dirt back in. This makes it very valuable to a soldier for escape and evasion. The knife used in the film is a Gerber LHR combat knife. Now discontinued and a collectible. See more »
(at around 34 mins) In the hunting scene the number of arrows in Emil Kovac's quiver is not consistent with his shooting. See more »
Your Love Fades with Time
Written and Performed by Gene Casey
Performed by Eddie M.
Written by Edward Melanson
Published by Wild Pink Music/ Gene Casey Music
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This movie seems like it was written and directed by a couple of 12-year old boys. It's an awful pile of steaming cheese.
What was De Niro thinking? Travolta doesn't surprise me - he has a knack for picking stinkers.
It was excruciating from start to finish - filled with clichés, bad acting, ridiculous fight scenes, laughable plot, Travolta droning on in some pseudo-Serbian accent, and old man De Niro hobbling through the forest. Not sure how it could have been any worse.
Do not pay money to see this movie. In fact, just don't watch it at all. Life is too short to waste on this kind of dung.
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