I think I must be getting old. This is a bleak, humourless and generally unpleasant movie with no redeeming features whatsoever. Which surprised me a lot, given the fantastic cast.
Essentially, it’s the story of a group of harrassed, bullied and generally timid guys who fall in with a court-martialled ex-squaddie freshly back from Iraq who is having difficulty adjusting to being a civilian. The main theme, if there actually is one, is the journey of one of the characters from a timid, gentle office worker into a smiling bloodthirsty killer with no conscience.
Is the movie trying to tell us that this is what modern society does to people? I beg to differ – that’s what movies like THIS does to people. The writer of this film has spent too long watching the news and not enough time out speaking to people. If the world really was as bleak a place as this film suggests there’d be no hope for any of us. Yeah, there’s a lot of people out there with no respect for human life, but they’re not in the majority yet.
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