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The Outpost

The Outpost

2019 | Rod Lurie

A small team of U.S. soldiers battle against hundreds of Taliban fighters in Afghanistan.

Average rating   7 out of 10

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Mark Bladt     2021-01-04 7 out of 10

I want to start this review with a few words.

First, I had never heard the events, or the characters portrayed in “The Outpost”, and that means I have no idea how the events really played out-

Secondly, I have never been at war or even been a soldier, so I have no idea, what it means to be a soldier or about the tight relationship and friendship that exists between soldiers sent to a warzone.

With “The Outpost” Rod Lurie has created a war movie, which I will categorize as one of the small war movies. And by that I do not to say that the movie is bad or irrelevant, but that the movie takes place in a rather contained area and that it does not have a huge all-star cast or huge scenes. “The Outpost” operates with closeups, uses shaky-cam successfully and has great sound effects. Unfortunately, I saw the movie in a theatre where the sound was not that good, but I am sure that a great sound system will improve the movie significantly.

“The Outpost” tells the story of a small and very exposed US frontier outpost in Afghanistan, and the soldiers manning the outpost led by Captain Benjamin Keating (played by Orlando Bloom). The movie spans a few months leading up to a large attack by the Afghan Taliban fighters. For a long period, the US command tries to employ a “Hearts and minds” strategy, where the plan is to appeal to the local elders through money and other forms of aid in the hope that it will prevent more older and younger men from joining the Taliban. All the time there is a feeling that something big and bad is going to happen.  

In “The Outpost” we get a look at the soldiers, their thoughts and feelings through their daily routines and friendship. There is plenty use of closeups, professionally written dialogue and the acting is good. Camerawork, soundtrack, and editing keeps the viewer engaged in the story.

“The Outpost” treats its characters and subject with respect and it avoids showing us unrealistic scenes with invincible heroic American soldiers doing superhuman feats while cracking jokes. What we do get is young men who are scared, insecure and miss their homes and families. Soldiers who do not see the point in being where they are and mostly don’t understand or agree with the strategy dictated by Army command.

I recommend watching “The Outpost” if you want to watch a war movie that sets itself apart from other most war movies by focusing on the smaller things and tells a story that most people might not know.




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