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A THOUGHT-PROVOKING AND BEAUTIFULLY ACTED DEPICTION OF THE TENSION BETWEEN THE LAWLESSNESS OF WAR AND THE LEGAL DUTIES IMPOSED ON INDIVIDUAL SOLDIERS. A FASCINATING AND MOVING FILM.
"A War" take its time to build up, and to be honest the journey is not as good as the message the movie wants to deliver in its second part. It is refreshing to watch a war drama where explosions are not the main character, it's just a shame it wasn't shaped better.
Seems to echo off as an updated retelling of Stanley Kubrick's "Paths of Glory" structure-wise from a typically-handled close-range war film transitioned into a courtroom drama, but more both unclear and morally personal with an added subplot to enforce reason being blended into the difficult perspective of a soldier's decision-making stance on the violent frontlines. Simply put, it was overall very well done in the standardized tense minimal atmosphere and the shifting performances between the film's two halves. (B+)
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Lindholm made 'A Hijacking' which I enjoyed and wrote 'The Hunt' which was one of my favourite recent films so it's no surprise that this is another strong entry into recent Danish cinema. The first half works well, the scenes in Afghanistan seem familiar but it is the contrast with Maria and her children's lives left back home which is the interesting part. The second half focuses on the aftermath of a civilian shooting during the conflict and although tied up a little neatly still feels believable and interesting. A film that will have you captivated throughout.
Jeez, this is a bit of a heavy film to watch. It's not exciting, packed with action and Hollywood effects -- it does away with all of that in favour of a much more grounded and realistic story that captures the emotional and psychological toll of war, on both the soldiers and their families at home, not only when things go right (or as right as they can go in a war), but when things go horribly wrong, too. It tackles morality, responsibility and being held accountable for your actions, regardless of intentions or circumstances, presenting it all in a way that leaves us with no nice, neat answers to the tough questions it poses. It does all this better than most other war films out there, and with a certain rawness and intensity to it that doesn't fail to affect. Don't expect to come out this one feeling good.
A bit to formulaic for me
A little too long and slow but a great story and solidly done, the warzone scenes look especially good.
Masterfully involves us in the moral morass of battlefield decisions that are held to account by international legal standards dreamed up by well-meaning liberals in airtight rooms which absurdly attempt to regulate barbarism.
Puntaje Original: 6.5
Krigen aparenta ser una película inteligente, pero desvaría al momento de fijar su trama bélica o judicial. Pero vale la pena remarcar la notable actuación de Pilou Asbæk.
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