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The characters are so well drawn (and the relatively young cast steps up to the plate) that combined with the material's natural tension you'll find yourself riveted to the proceedings.
It's clear from the way writer-director Martin Zandvliet sets up the story that the fiery Rasmussen, who denies the boys adequate rations and pens them indoors at night, will eventually soften. It's to the film's credit that he does so in ways that are eminently believable.
Zandvliet's script and direction avoid milking an innately loaded situation for excess melodrama or pathos, sticking to a discreet economy of approach that accumulates considerable power.
The film works as a moving anti-war essay and as a gripping thriller.
Crisply and efficiently put together by writer-director Zandvliet, Land of Mine has the inherent edge-of-your-seat concern about what kind of damage the bombs will inflict on which of these boys, but it is the psychological qualities of the situation that hold the greatest interest.
Despite the sense of fatalism and some clumsy turns in Zandvliet's script, Land Of Mine achieves moments of chilling suspense.

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