The story follows a young soldier, and his introduction into the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Based on true events, it bears witness to the destruction, and horrors of war.


Fernando Coimbra


Chris Roessner
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Credited cast:
Henry Cavill ... Cpt. Syverson
Tommy Flanagan ... Sgm. MacGregor
Nicholas Hoult ... Pvt. Matt Ocre
Logan Marshall-Green ... Sgt. Harper
Glen Powell ... Sgt. Chutsky
Neil Brown Jr. ... Cpl. Enzo
Beau Knapp ... Sgt. Burton
Navid Negahban ... Kadeer
Sope Dirisu ... Sgt. Cole
Sam Spruell ... 1st Lt. Anthony
Gonzalo Menendez ... Haring
Anthony Welsh ... Carter
Parker Sawyers ... Sergeant Robinson
Nabil Elouahabi ... Arif
Sammy Sheik ... Mahmoud


A soldier enlists just before the 9/11. He is not a brave man--simply volunteering to 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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Home is a war away


Action | Drama | War


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Did You Know?


The heavy metal song playing in the background in the scene when the guys are working out at the beginning of the movie is "Roots Bloody Roots" by Brazilian band Sepultura from their 1996 album "Roots". See more »


An MRAP (possibly a Buffalo or Cougar) appears in the motor pool during the first scene which is set in 2003, MRAPs were not in common use until around 2007 onward by the US military. See more »


[last lines]
Pvt. Matt Ocre: Beautiful goddamn day.
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Referenced in Good Morning Britain: Episode dated 20 April 2017 (2017) See more »


Roots Bloody Roots
Written by Max Cavalera, Igor Cavalera, Andreas Kisser, Paulo Jr.
Performed by Sepultura
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Tale of an anti climactic mission during the Invasion of Iraq....
21 April 2017 | by stephenw-30180See 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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