During World War II, German forces crush the Americans at the 'Battle of Kasserine Pass'. A lone Sergeant, Roland Rothach, is separated from his platoon in the North Africa deserts. Captured by German soldiers, he's forced to face his worst fears. Fears that haunt him long after the war ends. Back home he struggles with flashbacks of the horrors and trauma he experienced, a failing marriage, and the emptiness of isolation.
This is clearly a low budget indie film, so don't go in expecting Band of Brothers or Saving Private Ryan. Having said that, if you're able to look past a few sparse battlefields, and decent, but not perfect VFX, then you'll find a pretty good movie.
The first 30 minutes or so are a bit slow, but once you're past that and you get into battle scenes and the rhythm of the non-linear the it really starts to pick up. It's also really more of a drama about the effects of PTSD than a straight forward war film. But of course the distributors want to push the action to sell DVDs.
Even with its flaws this was a surprisingly interesting movie to watch. The non-linear structure was well done and different than what you'd find in this genre. And as a film buff, I'd love to know more about the behind the scenes of the production to see how they pulled off what they did on a limited budget.
In conclusion, don't look down on a movie because it didn't have a hundred million dollars. There's serious merit in new voices outside Hollywood.
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