The Outpost (2020)


“So how do we do our jobs and stay safe? We need to keep a good relationship with the locals. Respect keeps us safe.” – First Lt Benjamin Keating

Number of Times Seen – 1 (6 Jul 2020)

Brief Synopsis – Based on the true story of a company of US soldiers in an outlying outpost in Afghanistan who were attacked by hundreds of Taliban terrorists.

My Take on it – I have always enjoyed war films that are based on real events since they are able o show how men act and react under very stressful circumstances.

This is an interesting film that manages to work quite well due in large to the directing style of Rod Lurie.

The fact that this film is base don true events elevates the way one looks at it, because we can see the suspense and tension rise to  point where we never know what will actually happen.

The characters are developed as well as they can in this kind of film and I really liked the way that they are all portrayed in a very human way instead of as superheroes.

The action is shot really well because they allow us to see the immediate danger that they all are constantly facing and it helps the story play out even better.

This movie has the same kind of problem that most war films have and that is the fact that it is more difficult to differentiate between the various character because once they are all in full combat gear, they are look very similar to one another.

They do try and utilize onscreen captions in order to help us recognize each of them, but that unfortunately still doesn’t solve this problem.

The film has some great scenes during the battle that are quite moving and poignant in their portrayal of these characters and that helps elevate the story to a more enjoyable level.

Bottom Line – Interesting war film that works well because of the way that it is shot by Lurie. The fact that the story is based on real events adds to the tension and suspense of it all because it isn’t done in a way that makes it seem like a film about superheroes.  The action of the film works really well in helping establish the real danger that these men faced.  The biggest problem here tho is the fact that it sometimes is hard to differentiate between the various characters when they are all in full battle gear. The attempt to try and help us recognize the various characters with subtitles is helpful, but doesn’t solve the problem completely. There are some very poignant scenes during the battle which helps make things more enjoyable to watch. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Scott Eastwood (Clint), Milo Gibson (Mel), and James Jagger (Mick) are all sons of famous directors/actors/musicians. Will Attenborough is the grandson of famed director/actor Richard Attenborough, and Scott Alda Coffey is the grandson of actor Alan Alda. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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