Coward is a moving and insightful drama that takes us from the idyllic pastures of Ireland to the brutal and senseless trenches of the First World War, as Private Patterson tries to keep a family promise to look after his younger cousin. A promise that proves near impossible to fulfill in the relentless and hellish onslaught of the battlefields of 1917 Belgium. Courage and commitment collide in a story, inspired by real events, that underscores the tragic nature of war and illustrates how justice can often be a casualty of warfare. Written by
"Coward" is an Irish English-language film from 2012, so this one has its 5th anniversary this year. The director is Dave Roddham and he is also one of the several writers working on this one. Don't be fooled too much by the description here on IMDb as the idyllic Ireland only plays a very short role early on in this one and the rest is basically all war action, World War I actually. And this once again seems to confirm my thesis that World War I and the films about it just never really make a difference. There are no trademark aspects, nothing memorable that makes a difference and lets you immediately know oh yes this is World War I and that's the complete opposite to World War II. Anyway, I guess the sub-par script and acting here adds a lot to it. Near the end, the film has a note of "shocking for the sake of it" to it in my opinion. Still the title of my review already gives away that I may be slightly biased when it comes to these almost 30 minutes as war films never really have been even close to my favorite genres. If you enjoy them more than I do, then maybe you will have an even decent time checking this one out. Just don't expect greatness or you will be majorly disappointed.
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