Danger Close Reviews

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January 20, 2020
A familiar formulaic 'War is Hell' movie.
December 11, 2019
Grippingly depict[s] the intensely subjective experience of violence without centring individual heroes ... what makes it effective is Kriv Stenders' multifaceted approach.
November 15, 2019
Travis Fimmel leads a fresh cast of actors in this story of Australia/New Zealand fighters in Vietnam. Full of heroics with a personal touch.
November 8, 2019
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
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
Danger Close ... exclusively paints with broad narrative strokes.
November 7, 2019
What makes this familiar vision of the apocalypse work now is composer Caitlin Yeo, whose burbling score gives Danger Close a sense of mid-70s Peter Weir-ish mysticism the film itself almost doesn't deserve.
November 5, 2019
Solely focused on the soldiers from Australia and New Zealand involved in the Battle of Long Tan, the cinematic hagiography seeks to honor their memory and succeeds. Beyond a core audience, however, most other viewers may remain nonplussed.
November 2, 2019
While Aussie audiences might find enough incentive to cheer their own, dramatically it seems like a missed opportunity.
September 9, 2019
A straightforward but compelling account of a significant military victory in an unpopular war.
September 5, 2019
[F]or those interested in the machinations of warfare Danger Close is an intense, exhausting and visceral experience.
September 4, 2019
Intense, emotional and, at times, harrowing.
August 26, 2019
Stenders has put together a well shot and engaging re-enactment ... (but) it falls short in many other areas.
August 18, 2019
The film is clearly designed as a tribute to the unfaltering courage of those men, yet it is not some hollow, patriotic flag waver, nor is there much glory in the outcome. The battle scenes are vivid, graphic and often brutal.
August 16, 2019
...despite the problems, it's hard not to be moved as the credits show the actors alongside snapshots of the men they played. It reminds us: these were real people.
August 15, 2019
Once you factor-in cardboard-thin characters, clichéd dialogue, and a distinct lack of context about how Australia found itself in Vietnam in the first place, Danger Close's stature soon shrinks markedly.
August 11, 2019
The dialogue may be stagey but these gun battles are horribly realistic, as shells whizz through the air like a swarm of angry insects.
August 9, 2019
Stenders and cinematographer Ben Nott stage the battle scenes with impressive hyper-realism, and editor Veronika Jenet's work is, once again, outstanding. Made on location in Queensland, the film feels thoroughly authentic.
August 8, 2019
While the brutal and unflinching battle scenes are superbly crafted with an intensity that's truly unsettling, the film is let down by its overreliance on tired clichés and generic war movie tropes.
August 7, 2019
If it's not the most character-driven of Australian war movies, it's certainly one of the most intense.
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