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Sand Castle (2017)

TV-MA | | Drama, War | 21 April 2017 (USA)
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Set during the occupation of Iraq, a squad of U.S. soldiers try to protect a small village.

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A soldier enlists just before the 9/11. He is no brave man, volunteering do defend freedom. Arriving in Iraq in 2003, just after the occupation of Bagdad, with a few soldiers of his infantry platoon, he is sent to provide water to a village whose infrastructure was destroyed. Simple things however, such as water transportation, water distribution and the reconstruction of the plumbing became a challenge in war environment.

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The movie is based on the true events and the experience of the film's writer Chris Roessner during the Iraq War. See more »

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Uniform violations abound in this film. Primarily when the characters are "in garrison" and not in the combat areas or on patrol. In the staging areas you see troops in all kinds of combinations of physical fitness uniform or DBDUs (Desert Battle Dress Uniform i.e. fatigues). Hats, no hats. T-shirts only, no shirts, etc. This was not allowed except maybe within a tent or possibly in the makeshift gym. Everywhere else you'd be in full uniform, sleeves down, hat or helmet on, etc. You could also be in the PT uniform, but it had to be complete and you carried your weapon everywhere. If not, some Command Sergeant Major would scream at you. You weren't even allowed to wear your sunglasses around your neck or pushed up on your head. PVT Ocre is right when he gets yelled at for not blousing his boots. That happened all the time. See more »

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Captain Syverson: Listen here you piece of shit. I hope you get shot and fucking die. Don't translate that.
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Tale of an anti climactic mission during the Invasion of Iraq....
21 April 2017 | by See all my reviews

Sand Castle is not an easy film to review in terms of gauging it against other high adrenaline, fast paced, action filled war movies.

That is not to say the film was not worth watching. It certainly is. Avoiding any spoilers here, the story moves at a rather slow pace for a war film but has a definite message to deliver and does so with finesse and realism. The acting is very strong from each of the characters and the Direction does not overdo the story by muddling it with unnecessary and gratuitous violence. Of course there is a degree of "war time" conflicts and shows its affects on the soldiers who live with it during their tour.

To add to the credibility of the film, the writer (an actual veteran of the 2003 Invasion of Iraq) simply conveys his experience while serving there. I liked this approach to the Genra as it tells a story of a simple objective which becomes difficult due to the nature of war itself and the unfortunate casualties that suffer because of it. It also shows the human cost to both sides, the U.S. Troops as well as the people caught up in the terrible circumstances of war. I felt it illustrates that perspective quite well.

If you looking for a "Platoon" or "Black Hawk Down" type film, this is not for you. But, if you are interested in a film that successfully portrays the life's of all people affected by war, even if the story line does not center on the most brutal and violent ways, this is a film worth watching.


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