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Essential Killing (2010)

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An Afghan POW attempts his escape.

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Mohammed
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Margaret
Zach Cohen ...
American Contractor 1
Iftach Ophir ...
American Contractor 2
Nicolai Cleve Broch ...
Helicopter Pilot 1
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Helicopter Pilot 2
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Interrogation Officer (as David Price)
Tracy Spencer Shipp ...
Young Soldier in Suv
Mark Gasperich ...
Head of Pursuit Team
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Military Doctor
Klaudia Kaca ...
Woman on a Bicycle
Dariusz Juzyszyn ...
Logger
Raymond Josey ...
American Soldier
Robert Mazurkiewicz ...
Hunter
Janusz Wojtarowicz ...
Margaret's Husband
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A Taliban member who lives in Afghanistan is taken captive by the Americans after killing an American soldier and two contractors. He is transferred to Europe for interrogation but manages to escape from his captors and becomes an escaped convict on a continent he does not know. Written by Anonymous

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escape | afghanistan | snow | desert | nature | See more »

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Run to live... kill to survive (UK)

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€3,167,000 (estimated)
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While some characters are named in the end credits, no names are used in the film itself. See more »

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After Mohammed falls in the water he climbs out of the lake. However, in the following scene with the dog he seems dry. See more »

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Featured in At the Movies: Venice Film Festival 2010 (2010) See more »

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Mie Toleruje - Bije
Music written by Rafal Modlinski, Karol Ludew, Piotr Leniewicz and Adam Adamczyk
Performed by Moja Adrenalina
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Quite impressive
19 July 2011 | by (Lithuania) – See all my reviews

You hardly get a good, lasting impression from low budget movies nowadays, so this title, in my view, stands out as a really original and, for that matter, quite an important one. The Polish film makers have really outdone themselves. Of course, at the beginning of the picture I was not confident about it, but after a while it gets decently impressive minute by minute. The movie itself is about war's effect on the humanity and life of one person. How it changes his life forever. But the presentation of this idea is absolutely unique for it's 'fresh vantage point'.I mean there are many movies about war and it's effects and consequences, so you cannot refuse to not praise the filmmakers for the success of the originality of this picture, due to the different point of view towards the subject. Everything in this film was unquestionably fine for me up until the ending. I felt that this ending was unfair. The result COULD have been different. But then, I guess, the ideas in this movie would, in a way, loose their meaning. This point IS argumentative. Concequentaly, the whole plot is decent and the ending... Well, I supposed, It depends on the person watching. The acting by Vincent Gallo is quite impressive. His performance is entertaining enough to keep the audience watching. And everything else is without flaws too. The soundtracks are decent, quite impressive actually for a low budget film. The camera-work is quite picturesque. Practically flawless. Seeing this movie will not disappoint and will leave a memorable impression.


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