Company commander Claus Pedersen & his men are stationed in Afghanistan. Back in Denmark, Claus’ wife and 3 kids are struggling. During a routine mission, the soldiers are caught in a crossfire. To save his men, Claus makes a decision that ultimately sees him return home accused of war crimes.
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A mature, well scripted examination of primary need, protection and loyalty and how willing we are to re-script our narrative truth in order to serve our best interests. By focussing on the human, individual level Lindholm makes a crystal clear political statement on the self interest of countries at war. Excellent casting and superb performances from Pilou Asbæk and Tuva Novotny. 4 stars recommended.
The premise was very promising, but I felt that the filmmaker didn't explore the psychological side of the disturbing events adequately. Maybe the film needed a little more time to do exactly this. More on my website: http://is.gd/ryKy21
This movie has a great pace with both physical action on the battelfield as well as emotional action in the second act back in Denmark following the aftermath of the battle. I love how the story movies slowly and lets us get to know the inner life of the characters. Beautiful sound design from Morten Green and the rest of the sound crew. War have never felt so real.
This war film set in Afghanistan recounts the painful and complex dilemmas that confront the Danish commander (Pilou Asbæk) when he is asked to protect children from the Taliban and to make snap decisions under fire to save his own team. One patrol leads to a courtroom trial after the deaths of 11 civilians. Pilou works well again with renowned director Tobias Lindholm Director of Borgen. Game of Thrones next ...
Pilou Asbæk give a stellar performance and I really liked how the story flows without much of a hitch, but I find it hard to be invested in yet another afghan war film that ain't bringing nothing new to the table.