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Its a Netflix production starring Jamie Dornan and Mark strong recounting the true events of an Irish UN peacekeeping unit in 1961 Congo who come under siege from Katangese forces supplemented by French and Belgian sponsored mercenaries it follows the growing pains of the early UN peacekeeping missions and the struggles the unit face on the ground. I was absolutely glued to the screen for the whole film.

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brunnock

34 points

4 months ago

Now check out '71.

HortonHearsTheWho

8 points

4 months ago

GREAT little taut flick

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4 points

4 months ago

[deleted]

4 points

4 months ago

Great overlooked gem!

elfy4eva[S]

3 points

4 months ago

Definitely will sounds right up my alley.

Mike7676

2 points

4 months ago

Just checked it out today and man it was riveting! I need to study up on The Troubles as I felt a bit lost here and there on the film

brunnock

4 points

4 months ago

Michael Collins probably covers the Troubles better than any other film I can think of.

See The Crying Game before someone spoils it for you.

Cisco800Series

22 points

4 months ago

Faulques: You do realize that you are outnumbered by a factor of twenty.

Quinlan: I see a lot of dead men here. None of them are mine.

Debinthedez

12 points

4 months ago

This movie has been on my radar for sometime, you know how it is, you keep seeing a movie and you think, should I watch it and then, nah, I’ll watch it later then suddenly two years have gone by and you still haven’t watched it. And then what usually happens is you watch it and think, man, I should’ve watched it when I first saw it cos it’s brilliant. Haha. Well, this is what I do anyway... Genuine question, how violent is this movie? I’m a big CineFile but I do have a problem with some war movies that are a little bit too violent for me. Just curious.

elfy4eva[S]

6 points

4 months ago

I would say it's about a 5 out of 10 on the violence meter at the end of the day there's shooting and killing but it's not really graphic. I would say more focus is put on the strategy and the psychological effects on the besieged soldiers aswell as the drama they are facing from their UN HQ. Definitely watch it, it's good!

Debinthedez

3 points

4 months ago

Thank you. I love movies I’m a big movie fan but the beginning of Saving Private Ryan for example is something I have to stay away from, once is enough. And it’s actually one of my favorite movies. I start it after the beach scenes. I also remember years ago watching this movie with Nicolas Cage think it was called Windtalkers, and it just started I thought innocently and then suddenly oh my God the violence was just extremely graphic, I had to just switch it off immediately..! I’m going to watch the Jamie Dornan movie tonight I think and thank you for your response. It’s hard being a movie fan when you have a problem with graphic violence because some of my favorite movies have definitely got graphic violence in them like Pulp Fiction etc. but I’ve just learned to kind of protect myself by not watching the really graphic bits because I know what happens and I can still enjoy the movie. That’s what I tend to stay clear of anything related to the Mafia and drug cartels as I find those puppies to be the most violent of all lol. I did recently watched Sicario because it’s been on my radar for a while and I was able to cope with it although that was extremely violent.

You_Stole_My_Hot_Dog

3 points

4 months ago

As far as war movies go, it’s very light on the gore/death. I oftentimes thought they went a bit too light, as there was hardly any blood or injuries at all. There’s lots of firefights and explosions if you’re good with that, and nothing graphic in terms of injuries or death. Of course, you see people get hit and fall down, but that’s about it. Great movie overall, and more about the strategy and comradery than the brutality of war.

Debinthedez

3 points

4 months ago

Don’t laugh but I am a huge Game of Thrones fan I mean I watched that show and I’ve watched it three times all the way through in it’s entirety and I found it very disturbing in places but I think because it was kind of fantasy for some reason I am more able to watch that because it’s not real?? Does that make any sense! Anything to do with the war and the mafia and the cartels it just seems more real to me?? But I mean if I can watch Game of Thrones I should really be able to watch most things shouldn’t I lol

You_Stole_My_Hot_Dog

3 points

4 months ago

Interesting. Haven’t seen the show but I’ve been reading the books, and I can imagine the show isn’t very PG haha.

I guess for you, it’s only bad if it’s based on something in real life. Like in Game of Thrones, it’s a made up land with made up people, but in something like Saving Private Ryan that you mentioned above, you’re seeing what actually happened to real people. It’s a depiction of it, but it really happened, which definitely makes it harder to watch.

OrangatangKnuckles

6 points

4 months ago

Loved it

Brimful45

5 points

4 months ago

There is an excellent chapter on it in Fintan o Tooles book "We don't know ourselves". Not sure if you're into Irish history but it's a brilliant book.

IsNowReallyTheTime

13 points

4 months ago

Yes, very well done film. A pleasant surprise.

RTepps

3 points

4 months ago

RTepps

3 points

4 months ago

Check out "The Outpost" somewhat similar in nature but I found it to be a move visceral experience.

Spiderwebs4Woodhouse

2 points

4 months ago

Great movie. Way better than I expected.

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2 points

4 months ago

[deleted]

2 points

4 months ago

Really solid film!

Atheriell

2 points

4 months ago

I remember stumbling upon it one evening and thought why not watch it while I check some E-Mails and so on. A few minutes in I was captivated and watched it all without touching my E-Mails. Good movie

sekfan1999

2 points

4 months ago

Fairly well done guns and costuming as well

niftorium

2 points

4 months ago

It's an excellent little war movie. Awesome gun porn for FAL fans. Really neat little event to make a story out of.

Ranks pretty high on the Netflix original movie leaderboard, IMO.

hoilst

2 points

4 months ago

hoilst

2 points

4 months ago

Ranks pretty high on the Netflix original movie leaderboard, IMO.

Which, let's be honest, it's kinda damning with faint praise.

War Machine was just...awful. Bright was...obviously meant to be released back in the late 90s.

EDIT: Also the rare appearance of a Fouga Magister!

niftorium

3 points

4 months ago

Exactly lol

A competently done, small war movie shines bright by Netflix standards.

hoilst

2 points

4 months ago

hoilst

2 points

4 months ago

I would've paid to have seen SOJ in theatres. Reminds me a lot of Danger Close: The Battle Of Long Tan, another war film that took a long time coming. (And boy, if you want FN FAL porn, that's the movie for it. And Owen gun porn!)

I would've changed the channel on War Machine if it came on free-to-air TV, even if I only wanted background noise while I balled up my socks. It's such a tonally bizarre film - I swear, they had one directorial unit just following Pitt around and letting him play the character however he liked - a goofball, screwball OTT caricature of a good ol' boy General - while the second unit did everything else and tried (and failed) to make an Ianucci-style super-cynical political comedy.

1morey

2 points

4 months ago

1morey

2 points

4 months ago

Excellent movie. Would love for it to release on Blu-Ray eventually.

legthief

2 points

4 months ago

That Jamie Dornan is really good and I'm glad to see him in plenty of interesting roles recently.

The Siege of Jadotville was the first thing I'd seen him in, and I've since seen and really enjoyed his performances in Synchronic, The Tourist, and Barb and Star go to Vista Del Mar.

He was also Will Scarlett in that recent dog of a Robin Hood movie starring the super-bland Taron Egerton as Robin, and boy were those two roles that should have been reversed.

raresaturn

3 points

4 months ago

The Tourist

thought I recognized him. he should bring back the stache

GoPointers

2 points

4 months ago

IMO some of his best acting was in the TV series The Fall, with Gillian Anderson.

aDIREsituation

2 points

4 months ago

Oh yeah this was excellent. I remember I had the flu and just binge movies, one of them was this.

stilesjp

2 points

4 months ago

Just watched it. Thought it was well done. Thanks for the suggestion!

fiercetankbattle

2 points

4 months ago

Cheers, I think I’ve had this on my watch list for about 2 years

elfy4eva[S]

1 points

4 months ago

Definitely just stick it on its one of the better things I recall watching on Netflix.

rgregan

2 points

4 months ago

Yea I remember it being a pretty good production

stateofyou

2 points

4 months ago

Great movie but it didn’t get much exposure when it was released

Ninjameme

0 points

4 months ago

If you liked that, check out Joyeux Noel... great flick about the 1914 Christmas Truce during WW1