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7/10
standard true war story
SnoopyStyle27 June 2019
It's 1961. Newly independent Congo is in the turmoil of a civil war fueled by the Cold War and mining riches. The UN sends Irish peacekeepers to the town of Jadotville in the middle of a rich uranium deposit. Moise Tshombe is the smiling murderous leader of the State of Katanga. He recruits 1000 French mercenaries from De Gaulle. Irish Commandant Pat Quinlan (Jamie Dornan) is inexperienced like the rest of his men. Sergeant Jack Prendergast (Jason O'Mara) is the hardened one. Irish politician Conor Cruise O'Brien (Mark Strong) leads the mission and orders an aggressive takeover of the Katanga capital. The situation spins out of control and Jadotville comes under seige by overwhelming forces.

This is a rather standard war movie especially with its battle actions. It has the thrills of the standard old war movie with the wave attacks. One expects better tactics from the enemy. This doesn't go that much into the personal lives of the soldiers. In a way, I appreciate that. The movie introduces a romantic interest but quickly cuts her out. It's as if somebody had a change of opinion about injecting a romance into the battle. The ending does come as a surprise. The truth needs some way to spice up the tension.
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7/10
Based on a True Unknown Story of Courage
claudio_carvalho10 October 2016
In 1961, the UN sends an Irish peacekeeper troop commanded by Commandant Pat Quilan (Jamie Dornan) to Katanga, in Congo, to protect the inhabitants of the mining town of Jadotville in the beginning of a civil war. Meanwhile the UN adviser Dr. Conor Cruise O'Brien (Mark Strong) launches a military attack named Operation Morthor against the French and Belgian mercenaries. Soon there is a reprisal from the mercenaries and Quilana and his men are left under the siege of a huge Katangese and mercenary troops. Will the Irish soldiers resist to the attack?

"The Siege of Jadotville" is a great action film with a story based on a true unknown story of courage. The action scenes are spectacular but the political conspiracy could be better explained for viewers that do not have knowledge of this historical event. But "The Siege of Jadotville" is worthwhile watching. My vote is seven.

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7/10
50 shades of war
kosmasp15 April 2017
So he can act, may be one of the things some people might say after watching this. But it would unfair judging someone just by one movie they did (I have only seen the first 50 shades movie so far). So in company of some really good actors and in battle portraying a real incident/event from the past, he succeeds to convey more emotion than in a movie that is supposed to be about emotions/feelings.

But let's stay with this, and its politics. Sometimes you find yourself being a pawn for someone else and not really being able to go anywhere else. So only thing/way to go is forward. And that's what this movie is about (and courage), amidst one of the worst situations you can find yourself imprisoned in. Since this is war, there is violence of course, and there will be almost unbelievable situations. But this actually happened (more or less), which makes it even more powerful
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7/10
No good deed goes unpunished...
CinemaSerf26 June 2020
This is a really decent attempt at recounting the true story of a battalion of UN peacekeepers from Ireland who were caught up in the Katanga Independence (from Congo) movement in the early 1960s. Jamie Dornan leads the squadron as they attempt to hold their position against overwhelming, and well equipped, opposition forces whilst in fairly typical fashion, the United Nations dithers and debates with the colonial power (Belgium) and the ruthless, clever, leader of the pro-independence movement Moise Tshombe (Danny Sapani) who is backed by powerful mining interests. The acting is really good from all concerned, the dialogue sparing but potent and the sense of peril palpably delivered by director Richie Smyth with some clever pyrotechnics and battle scenes that were reminiscent of a (modern) Rourke's Drift in "Zulu" (1964). The political impotence of the UN is writ large, and though this conflict ultimately cost it a Secretary General in Dag Hammarskjöld, it seems the organisation is not much more potent 60 years on!
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6/10
A bit hammy but quite interesting and entertaining
grantss14 October 2018
The Congo, 1961. Due to escalating tensions in the area, the UN sends in a company of Irish peacekeepers into the province of Katanga. They are to hold the town of Jadotville at all costs. The local warlord recruits 1,000 French mercenaries, ostensibly to protect the mines in the area. However, after the UN goes on the offensive, the mercenaries are unleashed on the Irish company. The odds are stacked against the Irish, and their UN bosses don't appreciate the precariousness of their situation.

Not immediately engaging, but gets better. The set up was quite weak, the character development token and some of the performances left a lot to be desired (so many bad fake Irish accents!). Moreover, it was not obvious whether the enemy were actually the bad guys - the warlord initially seemed to have a good case to defend the area.

However, it gets better as the movie goes on. It becomes clear that the warlord is even worse than he was initially portrayed and the bad guys really are the bad guys. The battle scenes are great and the suspense and engagement ramps up.

Overall, an interesting and entertaining depiction of one of history's lesser-known battles and conflicts.
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9/10
Unique, different, realistic and very exciting.
phd_travel15 October 2016
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Highly recommend watching this movie. It isn't a typical war movie at all. Set in the Congo in the early 1960s, the protagonists are a UN Peacekeeping force made up of an Irish group of soldiers who have never seen battle before. They are attacked by an overwhelmingly large force of French and Belgian mercenaries who are fighting for colonial mining interests and a general who seized power. There aren't many movies showing things from the UN Peacekeeper's point of view. It's not often greedy French and Belgian Imperialists are shown on film. Kudos to the Irish filmmakers for doing this.

There are many exciting moments as they are so completely outnumbered yet manage to survive. As terrifying as anything in "13 Hours" as they face a Benghazi situation. The filming is well done and not over the top. The vulnerability of the soldiers is depicted and there is a very tense helicopter sequence. The ending with the political deal coming into play is a refreshing change from a Hollywood style ending. Many times one wonders why they didn't just surrender early on and let the politicians sort things out as the mercenary guy states.

Jamie Dornan is quite convincing as the leader of the Irish group and is capable of different roles outside of the 50 Shades franchise. Mark Strong plays a kind of bad guy who is willing to sacrifice them.

As gripping as a much bigger budget big screen war movie.
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8/10
A forgotten story worthy to be told.
deloudelouvain8 March 2020
I never heard of this battle before, and I'm a Belgian. Apparently this combat story has been held secret from us, or maybe I just skipped a lesson when they teached us that historical fact, that's also possible. Nevertheless, it doesn't really matter, as once again it's proven that war is fought by people that massacre each other but don't know each other, commanded and benefited by people that know each other but that don't fight each other. It's an interesting story, certainly entertaining, even for people that are not into war movies. A poignant story about courage, desperation and combat tactics. The cast was very good, with an excellent Jamie Dornan playing the main character Patrick Quinlan. Richie Smyth did a good job directing this hommage to those men that once came home as supposedly cowards only to be recognized as heroes fifty years later, typical again for the insanity of wars.
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9/10
Excellent Historical Drama About A Failed UN Peacekeeping Mission
sddavis6326 August 2017
Canadian soldiers have participated in many UN peacekeeping missions over the years and have known their share of failures caused by UN bungling - Gen. Romeo Dallaire and the Rwanda massacre being the best example. That history made me as a Canadian interested in a movie about this failed UN peacekeeping mission. Apparently the Irish government largely covered up this incident from the 1961 civil war in The Congo, in which a force of Irish peacekeepers was sent in under the authority of the United Nations and ended up coming under attack from a much larger force of Congolese rebels and international mercenaries. Acquitting themselves well, the fact that they were forced to surrender because they had run out of ammunition, were heavily outnumbered and because of atrocious UN bungling led to them being regarded as cowards and to their mission being considered a black mark against the Irish Army. It wasn't until the 21st century that an Irish Government review cleared "A" Company of the accusations against them and they were recognized and honoured, as they should have been all along.

The story is a good one and holds up the bungling and backroom wheeling and dealing for everyone to see, while the various bunglers left "A" Company and its plight largely ignored. Where does one begin with the mistakes or bad calls that were made. An Irish company with no battle experience under the command of an officer who had read a lot about battles but had never been in one was sent into the middle of a civil war. The UN leader on the ground (O'Brien) who was an academic with no sense of the strategic realities of the situation. The French (represented in a brief scene by de Gaulle) arranging for French mercenaries to get involved in the civil war against the UN forces. A local population in the area of Jadotville (where the Irish compound was located) who didn't want the UN or the Irish there. An Irish general who seems too paralyzed to do anything. The whole thing was a tragedy waiting to happen from the very beginning.

Thankfully, there's not much time given to the backstories of any of the Irish soldiers. This was meant to be a war movie (even though it was about peacekeeping) and it gets into the situation leading up to the battle pretty quickly. I thought Jamie Dornan did a fantastic job as Quinlan - the Irish commander of "A" Company, and Mark Strong as Conor Cruise O'Brien captured the image of the incompetent UN bureaucrat who knows a lot but who has no real clue what to do.

This is not a very well known historical incident. I didn't realize when I sat down to watch it, for example, that this was the incident in which UN Secretary General Dag Hammerskjold was killed in a plane crash while en route to try to negotiate an end to the civil war. It's a well told story, it's only weakness perhaps being that the average viewer (not particularly aware of the incident - and I count myself among those) might have benefited from a bit more of the political background to the story, as well as a bit fuller account of the negotiations that led to the Irish troops being released after their surrender and a month in captivity. (9/10)
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7/10
An Important Recognition of a Little Known Battle
tabuno12 April 2021
This movie based on a real battle at Jadotville, Congo defended by an Irish-contingent from the United Nations in 1961 has parallels to the more well-known We Were Soldiers (2002) based on the real events of the first major U. S. battle in the Vietnam War that occurred in Ia Drang valley in 1985. In both instances, the Irish and American soldiers were vastly out-numbered and in both cases fought a losing battle. It is important to note that in the rather remarkable fact of the few casualties of Irishmen in the actual The Siege of Jadotville because without this awareness, the battle scenes in this movie might be become unbelievable to watch. There are various scenes that seem to be overly dramatic, however, and the verbal confrontation between the U. N. Secretary and supposedly members of the U. N. Security Council came across as artificial and superficially produced. Whether the more modern explosive events surrounding the la Drang valley battle made for better cinematography or The Siege of Jadotville just lacked the popular luster of war movies, it is really hard to review this movie. However, it apparently it is an important military event for which the recognition of the Irishmen involved in this battle is worth public notice and our belated respect.
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8/10
The Irish entry to the modern warfare.
Reno-Rangan24 December 2016
The Irish war film based on the book of the same name, which was originally inspired by the real battle of the Irish army during the UN's peacekeeping mission in the central Africa. Directed by a first timer and a well done job. I have seen lots of Irish film, but this was like I have never seen one before. Obviously, for being a war themed film about their first battle ever in the modern world. Between the start and the end, everything happened so quickly. You will love it if you like fast paced narration. Particularly if you are a war film fan, this is not to be missed.

First of all it was not a World War II film. It was about the cold war, and its consequences, that's too far from the land those who are involved. It sets in the Congo basin in the early 60s, when the Irish army arrived representing the UN, the Katangese forces charged them from all the corner. With the limited resources, how these inexperienced men fought against the outnumbered opponents is what this film revealed. Truly a thrilling film is it.

The Non-Aligned Nations' forces like from India and Sweden for UN peacekeeping mission who were present around at the time, could not assist the Irish troop either from crossing an important bridge or through the air. These nearly 160 soldiers fought bravely, especially being away from home for the first time, which makes them in an unfavourable condition. This film covered everything from the Irish perspective, but the other way around like how the UN officials failed in their part was also focused on the side.

"No plan survives contact with the enemy."

It was all about the natural resources found in this African region. So basically no one wants to back off, that means those from the cold war nations sent their mercenaries to fight out any obstacles. The five day battle that the Ireland never forgets, but initially it was not recognised by its own nation, until the recent time. Especially the UN who thought they had lost their reputation with this warfare which is really a shameful behavious for such organisation.

It was an English language film, despite an Irish film. That's not new to me, because most of the Irish film I have seen were direct English films. The actors were good, but no one was particularly focused, except the commandant. It opened with him preparing to leave country and ends with him returning. It was a non-stop war film. A series of attacks for the five days with a little gap between the assault to prepare for another. In reality, the Ireland's entry to the warfare was in an unfortunate circumstance, but their opponents underestimated them to use full force.

Its a less story, more action film. The war sequences were awesomely made. Though it reminded me the recent Hollywood film '13 Hours'. Mark Strong was in a small part, though he looked different with a wig. I think it was one of the best war films in the recent time. It's not about the heroism, but inspires how they responded to the situation. They did everything they could and they would have achieved even bigger, only if they had everything they wanted. That makes it one of the rare film about the rare warfare where the world failed to acknowledge their effort. So a big thanks to the filmmakers for bringing it to the big screen. Now you should try it if you haven't seen it yet.

8/10
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7/10
Captivating war drama!
paulclaassen26 September 2018
Since I'm not familiar with the actual event the film is based on, I can't comment on the authenticity, but can say this is a very well made and captivating film. It was nerve-wrecking at times and quite spectacular, actually. The action scenes were very good and the photography good, as well. I really rooted for the guys, and the film proofs so well (once again) that the guys in suits in their offices has no idea what really goes on in the field, and quite frankly often does not care as long as they win a war.

All the actors were very good and believable, especially Jamie Dornan as Quinlan. Its really a pity the real-life guys had to wait four decades before being declared heroes.
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6/10
Good Action-Movie
Tweetienator10 October 2016
A good war actioner (based on a true incident during an UN-mission in Africa) but not more: The Siege of Jadotville reminds me somehow on those fine classic and epic war-movie Zulu (1964) with Michael Caine (which I prefer). Anyway, what I really miss in this movie is depth story-side - not much of character development or story-telling here, just an outnumbered military unit fighting for survival and a little political clinch on the side (but this imo very stereotypical told). If I compare this flick with e.g. Hotel Rwanda, directed by Terry George, The Siege of Jadotville shows its lack of depth and emotions and human tragedy.

The Siege is a good movie, but imo can't hold its ground against contemporary stuff like e.g. Blackhawk Down, Lone Survivor etc., and if you want more than just a lot of fighting, heroism, bullets, explosions and cursing with Irish accent this movie won't deliver much more.

Also The Siege of Firebase Gloria with the same scenario (a military unit is surrounded by overwhelming enemie forces and fights for survival) shows hard that the action-sequences of Jadotville are good executed but in no way top-notch - the fighting-scenes of the Nam-classic from 1989 are superior in every aspect.
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10/10
An Honest Review
generationofswine14 January 2019
Wow, it has the dude from Fifty Shades in it and he's actually acting.

It's honestly not a bad little film and that is saying a lot given that it has a small little budget doesn't it?

They should really call it "Siege of Courage" because really it's about valor and nothing more, but it's about valor in a very muted and believable way.

And, as I said, Christian Grey can actually act. And they did a GREAT job with a shoe-string budget.

There should be more movies like this, it's a great example of how to make a good movie with no real money. It succeeds in every way.
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8/10
Excellent war movie
jamesrupert20143 March 2017
"The Siege of Jadotville" dramatizes the little known firefight between a small number of Irish UN troops and a large number of mercenaries and Katangese militia following the attempted secession of Katanga from the newly formed Republic of the Congo (formally the Belgium Congo). The outnumbered and outgunned 'blue helmets' hold on for several days while Moïse Tshombe (The Prime Minister of Congo), UN functionaries and national politicians maneuver to control as much of the mineral rich (including uranium) Katanga as possible. The movie features extensive battle scenes which are very well done and seem realistic (IMO, but I have no experience with combat). Based on comments in IMDb and elsewhere, the film is a reasonably accurate recreation of the events (admittedly with a few added 'dramatic touches') although the implication that a Phantom II jet was instrumental in the death of UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld seems to be a nod to conspiracy theorists (as I gather little is known about what actually brought down his plane). Good 'men under fire' acting and a great showcase for vintage small arms and a lovely Fouga Magister jet for those who like such things.
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10/10
A remarkable story of courage and political machinations....
s327616918 October 2016
I had never heard of The Siege of Jadotville before watching this film.

Its based on a remarkable story of courage of a small group of Irish UN troops who come under attack from a much larger contingent of mixed tribal, coup based government, settler and mercenary forces in the Congo.

The courage demonstrated by the Irish soldiers and their determination to do their job is overshadowed by the political machinations of the UN and the Irish government. The fear, on the part of the latter, of looking incompetent, leads to the soldiers becoming the fall guys, for a situation they did not create and could not, ultimately control. All this, in spite of their heroic efforts.

Whats really surprising is the quality of this production. Its an exceptional film on so many levels. Its reasonably candid, in its appraisal of the situation that existed at the time. Its capably directed, scripted and acted as well, with a very strong cast.

The action scenes that run the length of this film are quite simply, incredible. This film is never, ever boring but what really astounded me is the casualties inflicted by the Irish soldiers with not one of their men lost. Its a testament too, to the ability and insight shown by their commanding officer.

I'm not a huge war film fan so for me to give what amounts to a war film, a 10 out of 10, really is saying something. Take a look, you wont be disappointed.
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A Self-glorified Give-me-a-Break
MovieIQTest11 October 2016
Some of the uncomfortable after-thoughts lingered couple of days since viewed this another 'Based on The True Incident', which has become the stereotyped "Based on The True...whatever" nowadays. It seems that now the movie makers and those screenplay writers have all suddenly become so interested in digging up the historical archives covering all the military and police files, trying so hard to find out something that they could use to dramatize for commercial purposes. This film, without exception, is one of them.

I don't know what's the purpose of mobilization of 150 Irish soldiers and shipped them to Congo to do a so-called 'Peace Keeping Job". These guys got no experience to do anything really mattered to that purpose. They were dropped at the place where was flat without any feasible defense surroundings, only several buildings there without any special strategic usefulness. These guys automatically thought the palm trees and the wild grass they were facing would be the front direction they had to deal with, so they started digging holes and trenches facing that general direction. The captain and his men never thought to clean up the wild grass area first and cut away some the palm trees to make it easier to spot and expose the upcoming hostile mercenary force.

You were holding a place without anything around you on a flat ground, you didn't know to clear up all crap around you first to offer you a better killing field, all you knew was digging holes and trenches, piled up sandbags, stored your ammunition and weapons in an exposed building. How stupid and moronic could be? All of you, especially the Captain, walked around, before and during the waves of attacks, exposed yourselves, not worried to be shot by the enemy's snipers. Yea, how cool was that, not just walking tall, but wore your bright sky-blue berets for easier targets. Yea, how brave you were, you brainless naive morons! Did you forget you were on a absolutely flat ground without anything to protect from being shot? They movie makers and director wanted you guys to walk around during the intervals of the attacks like bunch of John Waynes? Then the captain was shot on the upper left chest-shoulder area with a large bullet. But miraculously, he seemed to be okay right away. He was patched up after the bullet was so easily digged out. Then miraculously again based on the true military file, he walked around right away without any pain like nothing happened. Then miraculous again, he could still fight during the coming up attacks from the ground and from the air. He could even remove the heavy machine gun from the jeep and held it upward to the sky trying to shoot down the fighter jet without any problem to his supposed to be seriously wounded gunshot shoulder/chest. The fighter jet was riddled with bullets from the ground, yet it never crashed or exploded; another miracle. Then, the Captain's ruined uniform miraculously mended and repaired without bullet hole but blood stain on that area.

Yea, we indeed witnessed a whole package of the so-called "Miracle", none of the expatriated Irish soldiers was killed, only several of them wounded; their Captain, especially was immune to the bullet, he had recovered immediately right after the bullet was digged out, never showed any sign as a seriously gunshot-wounded person, a miracle healer, a modern day Jesus-like person, a Bible crap-like Mosses, who brought all his 150 brother-in-arms out of a killing zone by surrendered themselves to their superior enemy and walked out the prison like walking across the Red Sea. Yea, right, 'cause you'd think that I'm so stupid like you to buy everything you fed to me on the screen(?)....Give me a f@@king break! But fair is fair, the fighting scenes were still well choreographed.
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6/10
Those were the dark days
pietclausen1 May 2018
I happened to be in Jadotville before the arrival of the Irish UN troops. The Katangese did not want the UN to be there at all and supported Moise Tshombe. Even the public aimed their hostility at the UN and praised Tsombe's mercenary forces. In Jadotville we knew that the Irish and trouble was coming, so some friends and I were evacuated to Elizabethville.

I lost touch with happenings at Jadotville and one never knew what really transpired there. It is only now by coming across this film that the truth comes out and why the secrecy was kept for 45 years.

I watched the film with anticipation, which also brought back many memories. I accept that the film was dramatized, but I can assure you it was no fun being there.
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7/10
Crazy true story war film
nathanmanson12 October 2021
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For this to be a true story is genuinely sad. It took until 2005 for them brave courageous soldiers to be given acknowledgement of their bravery, that's absolutely ridiculous. They were branded cowards after fighting for their lives and doing their country proud, that's so sad to hear.

Other then that the film it's self was really well done and it gives you a great insight into that war and what the soldiers went through for their lives and country. You never know how Netflix films are going to turn out, especially true story films but they've done well with this one.

Also for no soldiers to have died that's absolutely incredible, well done to them.
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8/10
What a great film
thekingsdom4 August 2018
Just caught this on Netflix. I wasn't going to watch it but then I read the reviews here on IMDb. I'm glad I did. What can I say? Superb film! True story, lots of tension throughout the film, lots of action, great script, great acting, and well directed. Just yes!
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9/10
Superb
yankeedoo15 August 2019
Grt movie sad to say of a story I did not know about
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10/10
Peacemakers vs. Warmongers
OMTR19 August 2019
The Siege Of Jadotville (Katanga, Congo) is the historic battle between the Irish Peace Forces of the United Nations - Commander Patrick Quinlan and his 150 heroic soldiers - who were besieged in 1961 by the Belgian and French mining companies who murdered President Lumumba. It is also a great recognition of the courage and integrity of these men, as well as the honor of peaceful nations like Ireland. Countries, who have never assaulted anyone in their history, and who work for World Peace. Unlike others, who constantly invade, loot, and commit crimes against humanity.
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7/10
Interesting
bryangary6511 January 2019
..Drama about a true event.

Though failed to get my emotions up, however not knowing about the story kept my interest to the end.
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8/10
Great Battle Movie
jwscott-home15 April 2021
Those Men were victims of weak UN Leaders, cowards and politicians... even so they fought so bravely. Just disgusting how politics played out and still do. Ought to be a requirement you serve your country before you can run for major office.
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6/10
Interesting story let down by weak script
benkbullock28 August 2021
The interesting story of the Irish army's defence of an African outpost against an overwhelming number of attackers is quite similar to the story of Zulu (1964).

It sounds like it would be good but it is a bit disappointing. The battle scenes are good, but a lot of the dialogue consists of war movie cliches.

None of the characters, including the leads, really comes to life, and it seems everything is done with the eye on making a sort of cliched macho war movie than portraying any genuine human emotions.

Still it's interesting enough to find out about these events.

Since most people probably have some idea what UN peacekeepers do, the film would probably be better if most of the "historical context" scenes involving various historical figures were just completely removed.
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2/10
Irish bullets only hit black men
Eddie_weinbauer10 February 2019
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I've never heard about this Siege, before I saw it in a Sabaton video, for Light In Black. There are lot of unknown actors and a few C list.

As for the movie it self : It's laughably bad It could've been so much better if the director had actually decided to use,some of that military training, he had the poor chaps go through. In order to prepare for the movie. I mean. You have the good guys walking up right, in an open field in the middle of a firefight and no bullets hit them. They don't shot at priority targets,and the sniper can only hit once in a blue moon. You have the bad guys, standing up right on the back of a pickup feiring 50 cal,and they don't get hit. The good guys store their ammo above ground.Even though they know the enemy has mortars.

To be blunt the Irish peacekeeping commander can't do anything right. I get that he had no War background,but C'moon. Most of what he does is text book of what not to do. They don't even have the god given sense, to take ammo from fallen enemy until he last minute. Oh and did I mention their bullets can't hit a single french merc. no matter how much he stand out.

If this movie,really is based on a true story. I understand why they wanted to keep it a secret. The action of the Irsh peace keeping forces commander was so embarrassing .
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