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Essential Killing (2010)

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An Afghan POW attempts his escape.

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Zach Cohen ...
American Contractor 1
Iftach Ophir ...
American Contractor 2
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Helicopter Pilot 1
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Interrogation Officer (as David Price)
Tracy Spencer Shipp ...
Young Soldier in Suv
Mark Gasperich ...
Head of Pursuit Team
Phillip Goss ...
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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Run to live... kill to survive (UK)

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€3,167,000 (estimated)
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It is hinted that the movie is set in Poland. For example, after the van rolls over down the hill, one of the soldiers asks in Polish: "How do you say 'handcuffs' [in English]?" ("Jak sa kajdanki?") 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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Music written by Rafal Modlinski, Karol Ludew, Piotr Leniewicz and Adam Adamczyk and words by Adam Adamczyk
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a quiet and fascinating movie that takes risks.
14 March 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film defies almost every cinematic convention in the book. In many ways it reminds me of the style of Tarkovsky. Of course, as with Tarkovsky, this will likely leave those with conventional expectations confused, bored and thinking it makes no sense. It uses a lot of metaphorical and allegorical imagery and if people a. expect things to be literal and clearly spelled out with an obvious narrative or b. don't have the background or context to understand these metaphors they are probably going to find the film awful. It also lacks a clear moral position or message as we normally expect from movies. The atmosphere of the movie evokes the tone of Kosinski's book "The Painted Bird" to me in an odd way; another stranger in - the same - strange land.

The movie is surprisingly non-political and doesn't seem to ask the viewer to agree with or condemn the character (though sympathies are challenged). It reminds me very much of the old ink-blot tests and leaves A LOT for the viewer to fill in. The resulting interpretation *may* even be correct BUT not the only way it can be interpreted and I think people's predispositions very much effect how they see the movie and, like the ink-blot tests, the assumptions one makes can be revealing. If one is inclined to see the west's incursions into the mid-east as imperialistic or otherwise wrong-headed, they are likely to see the lead actor as a victim or as an any-man trying to escape the inescapable. If a viewer is biased to assume anyone that looks middle-eastern is likely guilty of being a terrorist, they will probably view him as a Taliban or Al Qaeda member and have little or no sympathy for him or his plight. (i.e. note the extremes in the reviews on this board.) And it is open for interpretations beyond these. Despite advertising, when we first see him he is unarmed it is not clearly indicated that he is a Taliban, a terrorist, or even a militant at all. Though he might be...

Excellent camera work. The music is jarring and angular but fits. Huge kudos to Gallo. Unlike anything else he's done and he seems incredibly right for the role.

A great movie but more for the cinephile and not for the mainstream. Definitely not a Hollywood movie.


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