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I Am Soldier (2014)

 -  Action | Thriller | War  -  17 March 2014 (UK)
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I Am Soldier follows Mickey Tomlinson (Tom Hughes), a military chef, who attempts the most dangerous military selection known to man: The Special Air Service (S.A.S.) selection. The S.A.S. ... See full summary »

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I Am Soldier follows Mickey Tomlinson (Tom Hughes), a military chef, who attempts the most dangerous military selection known to man: The Special Air Service (S.A.S.) selection. The S.A.S. Is the United Kingdom's most renowned Special Forces Regiment, tasked with life threatening missions in some of the most dangerous places on the planet. Mickey has more military experience than simply being a chef, something he doesn't let on to the other candidates... Mickey is smashed by this selection process - his mind, body and soul scream for mercy as he endures torturous speed-marches over the steepest mountains, running for his life during 'Escape and Evasion' and then facing the most evil interrogation possible, during the deadly phase known as: 'Tactical Questioning.' Even after everything, there is still only one way you can really prove yourself: in combat... Many try to get into the S.A.S. Only the elite make it. Written by Anonymous

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Noel Clarke just about makes it watchable
21 June 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I really wanted to love this. Not because I'm that much of a fan of 'war movies' in general, but I just liked the premise, i.e. seeing what it takes to be part of the S.A.S. (something that I would never be able to do myself, due to being too addicted to comfy sofas, Playstation and takeaway pizza – apparently the world's toughest soldiers aren't allowed any of these during missions).

The story follows two recruits (each with their own personal demons) as they go on an S.A.S. training mission in the British wilderness to see if they have what it takes. I won't tell you if they succeed or not, only that I wouldn't have made it for five minutes.

Noel Clarke (Kidulthood) is one of their various 'drill sergeant-type figures' who is there to mentor them as they go and he does his best to lift the film out of mediocrity. He's about the only star you may really recognise. And, perhaps that's one of the film's main faults: it screams 'cheapness' at all times. It has no real big name actors and the dialogue and acting talent on show isn't exactly top drawer. However, its bleakness does add a level of realism to the film that gives you quite an overall gritty tone.

I've read comments online about how there are blatant errors in the story. These seem to all come from people who have actually served in the military and can spot when a British soldier gives an American salute (I didn't even know there were two different types!). But, from my completely nonexistent military background, no 'factual errors' were apparent. If I had to guess I'd say this was a reasonable portrayal as to how tough recruits have it. I rolled my eyes more when our two recruits encounter an attractive woman on the train, only for her to 'coincidently' show up a few scenes later.

It's not perfect and definitely isn't for everybody. But if you're in the mood for something gritty and brutal, plus you like soldier movies in general, give it a go. It's not the longest of films, so you won't feel like you've invested too much of your life in it anyway.

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