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KILO TWO BRAVO Rating: NNNN Watch online: iTunes Effectively tense.
KILO TWO BRAVO Rating: NNNN
Watch online: iTunes
Effectively tense and utterly unflinching in its depiction of battlefield carnage, Paul Katis’s first feature centres on a 2006 incident in which a dozen British soldiers found themselves trapped in a minefield in Afghanistan, dramatizing the story with a minimum of artistic licence and virtually no mercy.
Released in the UK last year as Kajaki: The True Story, the film is admirable for its simplicity and its inexorable narrative, which stays with the protagonists as they deal with their wounded, incur more casualties and keep going under unimaginable stress.
Think Lone Survivor, but without the queasy sense that the filmmakers are enjoying the mounting body count. Indeed, the closest the movie comes to taking any sort of moral stance is in the terrible, terrible song that plays over the end credit montage.
Mark Stanley stands out as a medic who wades into the danger zone, but the entire cast is totally convincing.