This is a film that young filmmakers working with low budgets should study. Made for around $750,000.00, this movie delivers more than most multi-million dollar blockbusters â€“ including other war movies.
What is most impressive about this film is the script by Geoffrey Panos and Matt Whitaker. While not the most taut screenplay even written, it is very sincere and real. The slow build to the battle scene in the final act works well to develop the characters enough so you care when they are in danger.
This movie goes in the same direction as some other recent war films like Saving Private Ryan and We Were Soldiers by showing the enemy as other soldiers not inhuman minions. This film risks its believability to humanize the Germans by having one of the American soldiers come across a German soldier he knows. This is a serious risk for the filmmakers to make since the odds of it happening are remote at best and it comes across as forced. I believe they succeed with this because of the reason this meeting is in the film and how it fits in the piece as a whole.
This film is the child of the LDS church. Many reviews make a big deal out of this. I honestly donâ€™t care. Iâ€™m not Mormon and I donâ€™t particularly embrace a good deal of their views. This doesnâ€™t mean Iâ€™m such a bigot as some other reviewers apparently are and believe these folks donâ€™t deserve a voice. I welcome them aboard and wish them all the luck in the world. As this film is concerned, unless told, you wouldnâ€™t know it was made by a Mormon, a Muslim or Catholic. Itâ€™s a moral movie with some realistic theological discussion. Pay no mind to the religion hating reviews, theyâ€™re out of line.
I was very impressed with the final battle. Given very little resources, director Ryan Little presents a very real engagement that brings you down to the soldierâ€™s level. This fight scene is like the rest of the film, small in scale but huge in result.
I fully recommend this movie in particular for you war film fans. This may slip under your radar since it is an indie film. Trust me, this is worth looking for.