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Sand Castle (2017)

TV-MA | | 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.

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Fernando Coimbra

Writer:

Chris Roessner
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Cast

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Arabic

Release Date:

21 April 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Castello di sabbia See more »

Filming Locations:

Jordan

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Luke Evans was originally cast but dropped out before filming began and was replaced by Logan Marshall-Green. See more »

Goofs

The turrets of the Humvees in Ocres unit include protections (armored shields, ballistic glass viewing ports) that were not in use at the time of the invasion of Iraq in 2003. In point of fact those came about as a result of the experiences of American troops both during and after the invasion. See more »

Quotes

Cpt. Syverson: Taught that guy Texas Hold 'em. Do not play him. Turns out he's a Goddamn prodigy.
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References Navajo Joe (1966) See more »

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Roots Bloody Roots
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Tale of an anti climactic mission during the Invasion of Iraq....
21 April 2017 | by stephenw-30180See all my reviews

Sand Castle is not an easy film to review in terms of gauging it against other high adrenaline, fast paced, action filled war movies.

That is not to say the film was not worth watching. It certainly is. Avoiding any spoilers here, the story moves at a rather slow pace for a war film but has a definite message to deliver and does so with finesse and realism. The acting is very strong from each of the characters and the Direction does not overdo the story by muddling it with unnecessary and gratuitous violence. Of course there is a degree of "war time" conflicts and shows its affects on the soldiers who live with it during their tour.

To add to the credibility of the film, the writer (an actual veteran of the 2003 Invasion of Iraq) simply conveys his experience while serving there. I liked this approach to the Genra as it tells a story of a simple objective which becomes difficult due to the nature of war itself and the unfortunate casualties that suffer because of it. It also shows the human cost to both sides, the U.S. Troops as well as the people caught up in the terrible circumstances of war. I felt it illustrates that perspective quite well.

If you looking for a "Platoon" or "Black Hawk Down" type film, this is not for you. But, if you are interested in a film that successfully portrays the life's of all people affected by war, even if the story line does not center on the most brutal and violent ways, this is a film worth watching.


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