SAND CASTLE (Television Release USA 2017)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.3|5.0 Starsììì

Sand Castle
does not follow the normal war flick’s theme of ‘let’s get it done or die trying’ format. It focuses on the reality of being on the ground in hostile territory, how that impacts local villagers who may decide to benefit from services provided by foreign invaders, and how local villagers can sabotage work that has long-term benefit to both sides. The film moves itself along more as an artistic piece intent on revealing the satirical side of war than as a true war flick.

Film Poster Courtesy of Wikipedia


Private Matt Ocre’s (Nicholas Hoult) attempt to be sent home from the Iraq War fails and he is relocated to Baghdad to transport water from a well that is not yet functional.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Fernando Coimbra for directing effort. Thank you for Executive Producers Juliet Berman, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Chris Roessner, and Sara Smith for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Captain Syverson (Henry Cavill), Sergeant Harper (Logan Marshall-Green), Sergeant Major MacGregor (Tommy Flanagan), Sergeant Chutsky (Glen Powell), Kadeer (Navid Negahban), Sergeant Burton (Beau Knapp), Corporal Enzo (Neil Brown Jr.), First Lieutenant Anthony (Sam Spruell), and Haring (Gonzalo Menendez).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Maybe. The movie paints the face of irony very well, but if you are a hard-core war fan, even though this film is based on a true story, better films are: We Were Soldiers or Windtalkers.

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