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The Mark of Cain (2007)





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Two English G.I.s find themselves blamed for the widespread corruption of the War in Iraq in this timely drama. Mark (Gerard Kearns) and his friend Shane (Matthew McNulty) are a pair of British soldiers who are sent to Iraq, where they've been assigned duty as guards in a holding facility for Prisoners of War. While the official command is that the prisoners are to be treated with care and respect, Mark and Shane soon learn this isn't always the practice, and that it's considered a good thing to occasionally rough up prisoners so that their compatriots will understand not to get cross with the British. While incidents of violence and humiliation are the exception rather than the rule, that changes after the base commander is killed in a terrorist attack, and Corporal Gant (Shaun Dooley) decides the prisoners should pay for the acts of the Iraqi insurgents. Before long, random torture and abuse of the prisoners is commonplace, and when Shane returns home, he shows photos of his misdeeds to his girlfriend Shelly (Naomi Bentley). When Shelly learns that Shane has been unfaithful to her, she hands Shane's photographs of the abuse of prisoners to a reporter, and soon Shane, Mark and their comrades are at the center of an international scandal. The British military is willing to back Gant and his superiors who condoned the abuse, but they're not about to defend soldiers like Mark and Shane, and soon they've been made scapegoats for crimes they committed but did not instigate. The Mark of Cain won the "Movies that Matter" Award (a prize sponsored by the international human rights group Amnesty International) at the 2007 Rotterdam Film Festival.more
Rating: R (for violent and disturbing content including torture, pervasive language and some nudity.)
Genre: Documentary, Drama, Special Interest
Directed By: ,
Written By: Tony Marchant
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On DVD: Nov 25, 2008
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Gerard Kearns
as Mark 'Treacle' Tate
Matthew McNulty
as Shane Gulliver
Leo Gregory
as Lance Corporal Queal...
Shaun Dooley
as Corporal Gant
Shaun Dingwall
as Major Godber
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Full Review… | June 16, 2008
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Full Review… | April 14, 2007
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This was an interesting war movie in that it really was character driven. It also was very specifically driven by two characters rather than say a unit. What I liked about it was that it was a compelling and interesting story and left the characters with different moral challenges that they had to deal with and attempt to over come it. They each responded differently and in often conflicting manners which was interesting to watch. The problem was that it was very predictable and the character motives change much too frequently. One instance you'd hate them, the other you'd feel for them which is tough to do because I was constantly shifting my point of view. This movie is definitely worth a watch.

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