Director :Rod Lurie
Producer(s) : Jerry Bruckheimer, Will Smith and Doug Belgrad
Starring : Scott Eastwood, Caleb Landry Jones, Orlando Bloom, Jack Kesy, Cory Hardrict, Milo Gibson, Jacob Scipio, Taylor John Smith and James Jagger
Genre : Action/War
Release Date : June 24, 2020 (VOD)
Awesome-O-Metre : 7.7/10
Revue of THE OUTPOST
The Outpost tells the incredible true story of the heroic 53 U.S. soldiers stationed at Combat Outpost Keating who battled a force of some 400 enemy insurgents in north-eastern Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom. The Outpost is situated in a valley where the insurgents have the upper hand by being on the higher ground.
This whole film can be summarised in one line- “Our mission from now is what it’s always been.” “Yeah, to survive.” There are many films such as Black Hawk Down and Saving Private Ryan that dwell on survival and The Outpost can stand in the league of these great films because it is a marvellous film that I enjoyed immensely.
What I like in this film is the balance between the action and the story human nature. We weren’t blindsided with over the top action to hide poor stories as all aspects of the film are catered to and the audience gets to feel the sheer terror and helplessness of the characters. We see the soldiers at their strongest and at their weakest…at the bravest and at their most desperate.
Each character in the Outpost is well developed that we actually feel for them and the mental and physical peril they are enduring. I like how the film is split into “Episodes” dubbed after the name of each commanding officer of the period. Talking about characters, Scot Eastwood (Clint Eastwood’s son) and Orlando Bloom gave superlative performances as heroic soldiers who stood brave in the face of desperation. Infact, all the soldiers gave better than average performances which made this film an all-round good film.
Sadly, the full impact of this film is lost in the fact that we saw it (on VOD) on the small screen when the full immersive nature of this film would have been best appreciated on the Big cinema screen with loud speakers…na God go punish Covid-19.
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