The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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First-time British writer-director Tom Petch makes a powerful impression with this tough, smart war movie on a shrewdly managed small scale, about a British army patrol in Afghanistan.
Unfortunately, the cast is wooden, the script crunchy with cliché and the budget too tiny for even an appearance of the enemy.
Unfortunately, the writing and acting aren't quite sharp enough to make The Patrol a must-see for curious liberals. And the visual effects will underwhelm audiences in search of action.
The wearing tedium of conflict is effectively evoked, broken occasionally by bursts of violence that are rightly harrowing.
As lofty as [the director's] ambitions may be, though, his abilities don't yet match them.
A rough experience, bracingly free of the usual macho posturing that characterizes movies about the military, and a compassionate and humane portrait of modern soldiering.
This bungled sortie in Helmand province presents a robust idea that's been executed poorly.
A well executed minor drama that casts a careful life on the inner lives of military personnel, and promises good things to come in terms of the young cast, and Tom Petch's future career.
This is an unsparing and occasionally bleak look at the frustrations of fighting an unwinnable war with inadequate gear.
It's a solid debut, with Petch's evocative location filming (in Morocco) and pyrotechnic flourishes belying his low budget.
Good war that is a bit too short, The Patrol manages to be quite effective in its short run with some pretty good performances, tense war scenes and good drama. I enjoyed the film for what it was, but it could also have been longer as we never do see any British war films, and personally I feel that we need a lot more because, they have some interesting topics to tell on film, especially when it comes to war films. The cast do a fine job here and each actor brings something unique to the screen, and the characters are quite interesting. The film has some riveting moments, with a good dose of drama and it shows the toll of war on the soldiers serving. The film isn't perfect, but it's quite a good war film for what it tries to do, and if you enjoy a war film with well written characters, good action scenes and tense drama, then this film is worth seeing. War films are often hard to pull off, but with The Patrol, even if it's not perfect, it shows what warfare is like, and makes the viewer appreciate what soldiers do. There are better war films out there, but The Patrol is a good effort that deserves to be seen for its tense war scenes, good performances and riveting direction. The Patrol delivers a good hour and a half of tense storytelling and effective action to delight genre fans, and thought it doesn't break new ground, it's one of the better war pictures to come out in quite some time.
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