During the Afghanistan war, several outposts were placed to control the Taliban movement and their supply chain. Camp Keating, situated in a valley surrounded by mountains, was one them. While being shot at by the Talibans was business as usual, they tried to gain respect from local village elders and have them help stop these skirmishes. One day, when 400 Talibans rallied for a surprise attack, it was up to them to leverage the poor defenses and lack of ammo and manpower they had, to ultimately survive and go back to their loved ones.Written by
Orlando Bloom (then 42) is actually two years older than Capt. Benjamin Keating, who he plays in the film. This minor age gap is compounded by the fact that the real-life Keating died at age 27, resulting in a fifteen-year difference between the two men. See more »
When SSG Romesha is using the machine gun on the generator, and it is hit by the RPG, it would not leap as shown - the commercial generators are extremely heavy and an RPG warhead only has a few pounds of explosives. See more »
After the ending credit song starts, the pictures of the KIA soldiers are shown along with a clip of the actor that played every one of them in the movie. After the song ends, there are various clips and interviews with the real soldiers and some of the actors, including two clips from the TV show "An Unlikely Hero" with Ty Carter and some words from him at the very end. See more »
I came to this as a silly B action flick, but it was very well acted, directed and edited. It feels very realistic and intense, and way more profound than I thought it would be. You come to care deeply for these guys and the absurdity of their sacrifice, the stupidity of war, especially in these circumstances.
It ended up being way more moving, interesting and even thought-provoking than your typical dumb action blockbuster, as fast paced as it is.
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