Number of Times Seen – 1 (26 Jun 2018)
Brief Synopsis – Two opposing soldiers during the Bosnian War are trapped in a trench between their respective lines and must try and find a way to safety.
My Take on it – I recall when this film was featured in a local film festival back in 2001 and the premise immediately perked my interest.
The times that it was showing weren’t convenient and I never had the opportunity to see it ever since until I recalled last week that I wanted to see this film.
The idea of this film is actually quite intriguing and they manage to have it work really well.
I really loved the way that most of the action in this film takes place in one small area which helps us to focus on the small conflict within the much larger one.
This in and of itself says so much about the way that politics of war works (or doesn’t work depending on your position).
They do a great job portraying the way that the face of global politics sees a localized war and it comes across as being quite realistic in everything that it does.
The truth that the decision making process is largely based on small truths or untruths in order to convey what they want to the outside world.
The way that this story plays with the tense situation between these trapped men is great and I really enjoyed the way that the balance of power kept changing which would in turn change the way that the characters would act given their current situation.
Bottom Line – Great idea that works quite well. Loved the way that most of the action in this film takes place in the same area because it helps us focus on a small part of a huge war that in and of itself says so much about the politics of war itself. The way that this film portrays the face of global politics in a localized war zone is so true to life in the fact that many decision making points in conflict are made based on small truths or untruths that they wish to convey. The tension between the trapped men works really well and I really liked how the balance of power kept changing which in turn would change the way the characters acted. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Included among the “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die”, edited by Steven Schneider. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)
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