Danger Close

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Danger Close is problematic as a history lesson, but still offers viewers an involving look at life in the trenches of a real-life conflict.

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Major Harry Smith (Travis Fimmel) and his company of 108 young and inexperienced Australian and New Zealand soldiers are fighting for their lives in the Battle of Long tan. With 2,500 battle-hardened Viet Cong soldiers closing in, their ammunition running out and casualties mounting, each man searches for the strength to triumph over an uncertain future with honor, decency and courage.

Cast

Travis Fimmel
as Major Harry Smith
Richard Roxburgh
as Brigadier Oliver Jackson
Luke Bracey
as Sergeant Bob Buick
Nicholas Hamilton
as Private Noel Grimes
Lasarus Ratuere
as Corporal Buddy Lea
Alexander England
as Warrant Officer Class 2 Jack Kirby
Daniel Webber
as Private Paul Large
Matt Doran
as Major Noel Ford
Stephen Peacocke
as Second Lieutenant Adrian Roberts
Aaron L. McGrath
as Private Brian Hornung
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All Critics (35) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (25) | Rotten (10)

  • By turns viscerally exciting and predictably formulaic - and, quite often, both at once - "Danger Close" is an efficiently crafted and consistently involving old-school war movie propelled by matter-of-fact professionalism on both sides of the cameras.

    November 8, 2019 | Full Review…

    Joe Leydon

    Variety
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  • Anyone interested in the complexities and controversies surrounding Australia and New Zealand's involvement in Vietnam may find "Danger Close" disappointing. But the movie actually works OK as one long fight scene.

    November 8, 2019 | Full Review…
  • If it's not the most character-driven of Australian war movies, it's certainly one of the most intense.

    August 7, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Orchestrated on an impressive scale, the movie nonetheless feels both familiar and diffuse, with thinly sketched variations on a bronzed theme rather than characters...

    June 20, 2019 | Full Review…
  • That lingering whiff of unquestioning patriotism is an ugly scratch on its shiny livery but for relentless, meat-and-potatoes action you could do a whole lot worse.

    May 2, 2020 | Rating: 3 | Full Review…
  • Danger Close fends off sentimentality with a pacy narrative which keeps the action sequences fierce and involving.

    April 12, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Danger Close

  • Jun 14, 2020
    Danger Close is not a bad film and finally provides a reasonable budget for an Australian war film. Kokoda had the atmosphere but struggled with its light budget. The issue with Danger Close is the made for television filmmaking style and it lacks that independent director style. I'll unfairly compare it to something like Platoon and Full Metal Jacket, but the filmmakers created something unique. This tends to be my issue with Australian films with substantial budgets. This needed to be unique and a filmmaker with a distinct style to try and break the mould of generic storytelling. This is a simple and easily accessible without anything to separate it from the standard Hollywood war films. Kriv Stenders probably wasn't the ideal choice for this film. 13/06/2020
    Brendan O Super Reviewer
  • Jan 01, 2020
    I don't at all dislike War films, but they're also not of a genre that is particularly close to my heart. Danger Close didn't do anything for me that changed that, but, if you're a fan, and are interested in the ever-elusive "Anything other than the Yanks in WWII/Vietnam or the Brits in WWI/WWII", you could do a lot worse than give Danger Close a chance, but if you're looking for strong characterisation, you could do better too.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer

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