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Sand Castle (2017)

TV-MA | | Drama, War | 21 April 2017 (USA)
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Set during the occupation of Iraq, a squad of U.S. soldiers try to protect a small village.



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Credited cast:
Sgt. Harper
Sgm. MacGregor
Sgt. Chutsky
Sgt. Burton
Cpl. Enzo
1st Lt. Anthony
Sergeant Robinson
Sgt. Cole
Msg. Pepps


Set during the occupation of Iraq, a squad of U.S. soldiers try to protect a small village.

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Castello di sabbia  »

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Glen Powell plays a loud and proud Texan soldier and was required to pack on 20 pounds in three weeks. He said that it took a suitcase full of protein powder and advice he got from Sylvester Stallone on the set of The Expendables 3 (2014): "Just get your forearms and traps to bulge and you'll look massive on camera." Powell showed off his beefed up physique in a shirtless workout scene in the film doing intense barbell deadlifts. See more »


An MRAP (possibly a Buffalo or Cougar) appears in the motor pool during the first scene which is set in 2003, MRAPs were not in common use until around 2007 onward by the US military. See more »


Captain Syverson: Listen here you piece of shit. I hope you get shot and fucking die. Don't translate that.
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References The Cannonball Run (1981) See more »


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A perfectly watchable War movie
22 April 2017 | by (Sweden) – See 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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