This movie had great potential but it was never realized. The constant flashbacks and hallucinations never made sense to me and I was never sure what was real and what was imagined.
First, the script was terrible. It was difficult to believe that the dialogue with the two marines would be this bad. Sure, Tommy was by far an annoying character and acting like an amateur. It would be hard to believe he even made it to boot camp with his attitude. There was no character development which should have had potential too. We learn about Mike and the flashbacks of his abusive father beating his mother. His struggling relationship with his girlfriend Jenny (Annabelle Wallis). His character struggles being stuck on the mine with dehydration, sandstorms, and even wild dogs. His character is changing and it shows how he is affected psychologically. Especially, when Mirage takes place and his hallucinations makes it difficult on trying to tell whats reality and whats not. Also, the dialogue with their command seemed unreal. After the two marines disobeyed a direct order. When they attempted to seek aid and ask for an evac. The responses the command center was giving did not seem believable.
The direction was very boring and dull. Some of these survival movies like 127 Hours worked so well cause of Danny Boyle's direction on showing the characters inner state and how he is slowly drifting between the balance of life and death. Seemed like a concept that Mine should have done. But we don't get much at state of Mike's struggle. Cause the script was one dimensional with his character.
Armie Hammer performance was stale and flat. Annabelle Wallis talent was wasted here with just flashback scenes and some brief moments of the hugging memories. Tom Cullen was so annoying with his character. Sure, your suppose to be feeling emotions and bad for these characters. But when viewing, these characters are flat and it was difficult to even care for when they are facing death.
The movie was boring after the half hour mark. Seeing Mike stuck out in the sun, trying to hold his sanity together. The movie did not do much to build this momentum on him trying to hold it together. It literally was him waiting out there and hallucinating.
Overall, Mine is so terrible and boring. I will not recommend. Unless you want to see some poor performances, boring direction, and a dull script with annoying characters.