Saturday, April 22, 2017

Now on Netflix: Sand Castle (2017)

Sand Castle (2017) - Directed by Fernando Coimbra; Written by Chris Roessner; Starring Nicholas Hoult, Henry Cavill, Glen Powell, Logan Marshall-Green.

By Kenny Howell

A group of American soldiers are tasked with protecting an Iraqi village in 2003 in this new war film from Netflix.

Nicholas Hoult (Mad Max: Fury Road) plays Private Matt Ocre, a man who when we first meet him is breaking his own hand to avoid having to face the hell that is the Iraq War.

He succeeds in breaking his hand, but not in convincing the military that he doesn't need to see action. Despite smashing his hand to bits in a Humvee door, they throw him a couple of Tylenols and say get to work.

His work is to help a village survive the fallout of the war. It starts with returning water to the villagers, but things get complicated when they try to make deals with the townspeople, many of them afraid to be seen working with the Americans.

Sand Castle is a pretty solid, if somewhat forgettable entry into the Iraq war films of the last several years. The forgettableness comes down to it doesn't really have a focus. It mires somewhere in between declaring war Hell while also declaring it meaningless and frustrating. I like that it isn't so on the nose as far as what it is about, but I can't say the lack of it wasn't a bit distracting. The cast is good, especially the always reliable Nicholas Hoult, they just aren't given a whole lot to do.

Sand Castle is now streaming on Netflix.

Rating: **1/2

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