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The Patrol (2013)




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Written and directed by Tom Petch, ex-Army, The Patrol takes a piercing look at the conflict in Afghanistan through the eyes of a British Army patrol who, alongside the Afghan Army, are fighting the Taliban, an invisible, deadly enemy. When a Special Forces Operation prompts a Taliban counter attack in Helmand Province the unit's three day patrol hits double figures. Faced with low ammunition, injury and rising tensions under the command of a captain who is out of touch with his men, the exhausted, disillusioned soldiers question their role in the war.(c) Official Site

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Nicholas Beveney
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Critic Reviews for The Patrol

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (4)

Unfortunately, the cast is wooden, the script crunchy with cliché and the budget too tiny for even an appearance of the enemy.

January 2, 2018 | Full Review…
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Unfortunately, the writing and acting aren't quite sharp enough to make The Patrol a must-see for curious liberals. And the visual effects will underwhelm audiences in search of action.

February 28, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

First-time British writer-director Tom Petch makes a powerful impression with this tough, smart war movie on a shrewdly managed small scale, about a British army patrol in Afghanistan.

February 6, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

This bungled sortie in Helmand province presents a robust idea that's been executed poorly.

February 6, 2014 | Rating: 2/5

The wearing tedium of conflict is effectively evoked, broken occasionally by bursts of violence that are rightly harrowing.

February 9, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

As lofty as [the director's] ambitions may be, though, his abilities don't yet match them.

February 7, 2014 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Patrol


Good war that is a bit too short, The Patrol manages to be quite effective in its short run with some pretty good performances, tense war scenes and good drama. I enjoyed the film for what it was, but it could also have been longer as we never do see any British war films, and personally I feel that we need a lot more because, they have some interesting topics to tell on film, especially when it comes to war films. The cast do a fine job here and each actor brings something unique to the screen, and the characters are quite interesting. The film has some riveting moments, with a good dose of drama and it shows the toll of war on the soldiers serving. The film isn't perfect, but it's quite a good war film for what it tries to do, and if you enjoy a war film with well written characters, good action scenes and tense drama, then this film is worth seeing. War films are often hard to pull off, but with The Patrol, even if it's not perfect, it shows what warfare is like, and makes the viewer appreciate what soldiers do. There are better war films out there, but The Patrol is a good effort that deserves to be seen for its tense war scenes, good performances and riveting direction. The Patrol delivers a good hour and a half of tense storytelling and effective action to delight genre fans, and thought it doesn't break new ground, it's one of the better war pictures to come out in quite some time.

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