A neighbourhood game of war attempts to be a microcosm of human nature and our warlike instincts with some but not complete success. Cast of pre-teens are very good but buckle under a self important script that fizzles out. Worth a watch but 'Lord of the Flies' or 'War of the Buttons' this isn't. "You're dead....go home".
This was one of the most unique films I've ever seen! At first, the gimmick of a kid's imaginary game of war being shown this way was so funny to me, but once that amusement wore off, the all-child cast actually managed to draw me more than any modern action film ever has.
A very clever play on the rules of engagement that uses a game of 'capture the flag', played by a group of young teenagers to mirror all the angst, loyalty, hostility and dirty politics of real war. With sly nods to the breaking of UN-conventions like those against torture the film also raises the question of the cause of conflict from the ego level. 3 stars