Sand Castle Reviews
The story revolves around how a US armed forces group tried to repair the Water Supply to an Iraqi village, but things eventually became complicated due to the local political situation which often had a pretty violent nature.
1/2 - At least it was well acted
Other than that, one of the most boring war films in recent memory.
To be clear, this is not an action film. The firefights are short, violent, and chaotic, a lot like real life. You barely see the insurgents, they blend back into the masses as fast as they appear. There is no big bad character to beat, no contrived personal conflicts to resolve, it's a film purely about a small team trying to accomplish a small mission in the middle of a very large and messy conflict. They want to help the populace, and for the most part the populace just wants them to leave.
The acting is good, and I feel like I know the characters; not because they're the stock one-dimensional war movie stereotypes, but because these guys act and talk and move like a lot of guys I knew and worked with. If you're a vet you'll notice stuff that's wrong, MRAPs weren't in theater yet, Those tanks at the start are about 20 years too old, etc. But that's about my biggest complaint, and it's nit-picky. I've seen several reviews say there isn't direction, no message in the film, nothing new from this genre piece. But they miss the point. This film isn't about the people, or the mission, or even the country. It's about the war itself, and what it's like to be a small cog in that very big machine.
In closing, there is currently an over-saturation of OEF/OIF based movies, and many of them are not very good (*cough* we're looking at you Hurt Locker). But I think the critics are dead wrong here, and this is a movie well worth watching, and the proof is in how popular it is with my generation of vets.
When what we see we need to get ourselves out from chaos we do what we must. When we see that we are making progress but others don't want to make us be the ones to show the progress when we are only meant to be seen as destructive, we see why we must stay. When what we couldn't see before we see now that we are making a difference before it's too late and such reasons why we are out here was for nothing. When we see we all wish to be home to bring the little home we know here. When we don't see that others can't be seen switching sides when the people don't see us staying to always fight our battles, staying to protect the us, there when word spreads that they helped, and they suffer such dates as others when war causes so many deaths. When we don't see such wars as a mission but a livelihood people have to bare the rest of their lives that the face and see everyday and not soldiers whom get to see home when they leave. When something's we see we can't fix when we don't see what's causing the problem. When the only thing America sees that is worth saving & helping is American that others see and no money is worth the life. When we see such missions are a busy to only deploy home as we usually do and move on, that we see thats all Americans can do to continue the war even further. When we don't see we should have not seen such things even further to regret no longer seeing that makes us even more of an asset to our country when we need soldiers to believe in what they see. When we see America leaves you with nothing when allies choose to help both sides to only see them choose the opposing side when abandoned. When war is about seeing the true failures of providing progress to combat them to see such missions accomplished.