Running time: 125 minutes
Colonel Childers is sent with US Marines unit to Yemen to rescue American ambassador from angry protesters, but on the arrival Childers realizes the situation is far worse. He makes one bad decision...
The situation in Yemen is tense, protesters are attacking the American embassy for weeks, but this time is difference - they were throwing stones and even Molotov’s cocktails, so the decision is made to evacuate the ambassador and his family. Colonel Childers of US Marines is assigned to this task - his superiors believe that the presence of soldiers will stop the further attacks, but on the arrival to the location Childers realizes the situation is completely different. They land on the roof of embassy under fire from nearby buildings. While the evacuation of the ambassador went smooth the situation quickly escalates when few of the Marines are wounded. Childers gives his men order to open fire to civilians and over 80 of them are killed. Back in United States colonel is put on trial for murder of the civilians. He chooses his former superior, Colonel Hayes, as attorney. The two were serving together in Vietnam, which turns out to be important since back in Asia Childers did something that puts the Yemen situation in different light.
American war film that was suppose to put a difficult question about rules of the engagement in situation when civilians are attacking the soldiers, but instead it made complete cock up of the whole thing. First of all the American army helped with the production (or rather "helped"), which most likely means that they have altered the script, which would explain why the script is so bad. It is hard to find another film that would contain so many cliches and not be a parody.
Our rating: 3.6 / 10
Film value: 2 / 10
Realism factor: 4 / 5
Adventure factor: 1 / 5
Historical accuracy factor: 2 / 5
War films are not always showing the war per se - often the main theme is the influence of the conflict on lives of people involved, but also their families and friends. War is seldom a local thing - the trauma, the pain, the death they put their mark on people from around the world.
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