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Sand Castle (2017)

TV-MA | | Action, Drama, War | 21 April 2017 (USA)
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The story follows a young soldier, and his introduction into the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Based on true events, it bears witness to the destruction, and horrors of war.

Director:

Fernando Coimbra

Writer:

Chris Roessner
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Credited cast:
Henry Cavill ... Cpt. Syverson
Nicholas Hoult ... Pvt. Matt Ocre
Tommy Flanagan ... Sgm. MacGregor
Logan Marshall-Green ... Sgt. Harper
Glen Powell ... Sgt. Chutsky
Beau Knapp ... Sgt. Burton
Navid Negahban ... Kadeer
Sope Dirisu ... Sgt. Cole
Sam Spruell ... 1st Lt. Anthony
Neil Brown Jr. ... Cpl. Enzo
Anthony Welsh ... Carter
Gonzalo Menendez ... Haring
Parker Sawyers ... Sergeant Robinson
Nabil Elouahabi ... Arif
Osy Ikhile ... Msg. Pepps
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Storyline

A soldier enlists just before the 9/11. He is not a brave man--simply volunteering to defend freedom. Arriving in Iraq in 2003, just after the occupation of Bagdad, with a few soldiers of his infantry platoon, he is sent to provide water to a village whose infrastructure was destroyed. Simple things however, such as water transportation, water distribution and the reconstruction of the plumbing became a challenge in war environment.

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Home is a war away

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Action | Drama | War

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Trivia

Neal Brown (Cpl. Enzo) also plays a military member in the CBS show "Seal Team". See more »

Goofs

The beard of Captain Syverson (Henry Cavill) should have been shaved off and his hair cut. While Special Forces personnel are given special dispensation while in the field or on special assignment (they are either too far from base for anyone to care or required to fit in with the locals), that does not apply when they are assigned to a regular unit. As Captain Syverson was in charge of what amounted to a repair crew, his hair should have followed standard military protocols. See more »

Quotes

Pvt. Matt Ocre: [kicking a prisoner] Motherfucker! Fuck, fuck, fuck, fuck...
Sgt. Harper: No! No, no Ocre!
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Connections

References The Cannonball Run (1981) See more »

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Move Bitch
Written by Ludacris
Performed by Ludacris
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A perfectly watchable War movie
22 April 2017 | by paulijcalderonSee all my reviews

A decent and straightforward War movie. It's not very combat centered, but rather focuses on the soldier's internal conflicts. I've seen plenty of War films like this before and unfortunately this one doesn't stand out as that unique compared to many others. It feels like an extension of something you'd see on "Generation Kill". It's not necessarily a bad thing, because if that is your thing then you are gonna like this movie.

I will give it this though; I like the story-line of the soldier's giving water to the people in the village. That's actually one of the main missions the characters are given. I appreciate that it explores a simple story like that. Giving water to the people in need is ultimately more important than winning a war. Nicholas Hoult's character seems to find a purpose of being part of the army by doing this act of kindness because he feels that he finally does some good. So, that aspect was well portrayed in this movie.

Henry Cavill is not in the movie that much, but whenever he is on screen he plays his supporting character well. I think they should have utilized him much more, since he really was doing such a good job playing a kind of eccentric captain. A different role compared to what he has played before. The editing in some scenes distracted me. They started zooming in the image on the same shot a few times and I didn't like that. It's better to just let the scene play out in one shot. Don't start jump-cutting and zooming it in all the sudden. You have different angles for that.

The music is great. Some parts gave me "Lawrence of Arabia" and "Apocalypse Now" vibes and the end credits song is very relaxing. So, the movie leaves you with a nice feeling because of the music. It's not bad as I said, just a tad underwhelming. You can watch it and enjoy just fine.


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USA

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English | Arabic

Release Date:

21 April 2017 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Jordan

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