Danger Close (2019)


“There’s a thousand ways to die in a war zone.” – Major Harry Smith

Number of Times Seen – 1 (19 Nov 2019)

Brief Synopsis – A platoon of New Zealand and Australian troops engage the enemy in a bloody encounter in Vietnam in 1966.

My Take on it – This is a film that I came across by accident and was intrigued about the idea of there being other nationalities that fought during the Vietnam War.

Unfortunately, they do a poor job of presenting this film and fail to develop these characters enough along the way.

This makes all f the characters quite nameless and faceless and they feel like they are just there as canon fodder instead of wanting us to care abut what will happen to any of them along the way.

The fact that this film is based on true events gave me initial hope that they would then flesh out the characters more so we could get a more meaningful and poignant war film but in the end, that doesn’t occur and instead we get a Vietnam War film without any American soldiers that isn’t unique in anything that it does besides show us that it doesn’t matter what nationality one may be from, the battles and experience in Vietnam seems to be exactly the same.

This is a pity to see because the opportunities to make this film so much more powerful are there yet they feel squandered.

Bottom Line – Typical war movie that doesn’t work well enough because none of the characters are developed sufficiently.  Instead of caring about any of the characters, they all seem like they are just there as canon fodder. I had hopes that since this is based on a true story that they would do a better job fleshing out these character but insteda, we get a mediocre Vietnam movie that doesn’t feature any American soldiers and isn;t as poignant and emotional as it probably should be.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The term, “Roger that”, is an Americanism, originally from CB radio culture, and often used in military movies. However, it would never be said (or permitted, by any NCO or Officer within earshot) in the Australian Army. “Roger” is the only accepted proword. Similarly, the phrase, “I repeat”, when repeating some for clarity over the radio telephone (RATEL), is not permitted. Instead the operator would use, “I say again…”. This is because “repeat” is a proword used when directing artillery or naval fire (e.g “request for the same volume of fire to be fired again with or without corrections or changes”) (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)

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