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
A soldier mentions the Outpost and the men's relationships to be a "band of brothers". Band of Brothers is highly acclaimed mini-series about the 101st Airborne, whose leader, Capt. Winters, led a successful assault on a fixed position of German outposts; the attack is now taught at West Point. In this film, the Americans are forced to defend their outpost from a similar - but a far more highly out-manned - attack. See more »
Two of the vehicle positions are referenced as LRAS 1 and LRAS 2. An LRAS is a Long Range Scout Sight System (LRAS3), a very large, boxy sighting system found in light scout units (like B/3-61 CAV). However, none of the gun trucks have this system, as it is mounted next to the cupola weapon system. 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 »
Rarely is a film made from a book more accurate than the book, but in this case it is more accurate than Tapper's error ridden book
I was a 2LT on my first deployment to Afghanistan and a Captain by my third. I am guessing that the film producers used some top notch military advisors, because, frankly, the book was sloppily written and full of cliches and errors on many levels. But the film itself is, for the already problematic and almost never accurate in detail or large picture, genre of war film, quite a good film.
On of the professional reviewers I read complained about troops "bullying each other." Really? WTF. That is very accurate and perfectly natural. Everyone is on the edge of their nerves and the banter you hear is accurate. There are a few small technical problems with the way the Taliban troops are shown to deploy and fight. But overall what you are looking at in this film is fairly true.
Could it have done more to convey the visceral nature of the fighting around some of the FOB and outposts? Yes, but I am not sure how.
Give it a watch.
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