Movie Review – ‘KILO TWO BRAVO’

“Between the morphine injections from soldiers and the casualty evacuation attempt by American forces, a heart-pounding and emotional true story of heroism unfolds. Emerging from the dusty minefield in Afghanistan is a graphic portrayal of war and the “Never give up” mentality of brothers-in-arms. For that alone, “KILO TWO BRAVO” is a must-see film!” – Patrick King, REEL BRIEF

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“KILO TWO BRAVO” captures the intense true story of British paratroopers pinned down in an Afghanistan minefield during 2006. The gripping events of that fateful day are meticulously played out, as valiant attempts are made to save lives while sparing others from injury. The utter chaos of battle—“the Fog of War” as it’s called in militaryspeak—develops over this platoon attempting to sort out what’s happening and deal with deadly threats at their austere combat outpost.

This awe-inspiring film, originally released in Great Britain as “KAJAKI”, masterfully showcases the platoon’s rapid transition from routine day-to-day operations in the Helmand Province to the group’s engrossing all-out fight for survival. A masterpiece narrative on the Afghan landscape and the remnants of decades at war for that country, the film points out the serious hardships felt by these Brits along every step in their combat mission.

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One of this film’s best attributes is in how it highlights the team’s relatively peaceful daily mission, providing over-watch of enemy Taliban movements atop the hills surrounding the Kajaki Dam. The soldiers all playfully kidding one another with a banter and camaraderie found throughout our military history. Wisely, “KILO TWO BRAVO” focuses on this strong brother-in-arms bond and its crucial part it played in this true saga. As repeated challenges and difficulties face the soldiers to find help, the film keenly points out how tempers and patience get exhausted over time.

Shrewdly, “KILO TWO BRAVO” takes the audience from watching a mostly passive military operation in the Helmand Valley, into a hornet’s nest of unforeseen threats accompanied by acts of heroism and selflessness. The movie’s daring realism underscores the complicated life posed on any battlefield–and how quickly and dangerous one’s circumstances can change.

The biggest star of “KILO TWO BRAVO” is the advanced combat medical devices and expertise found at even remote locations during war. Immediate actions and placement of tourniquets are saving lives on today’s battlefields—lives that would be lost within a minute or two if those same injuries were sustained during a traffic accident in any U.S. city.

Easily the film’s biggest drawback—and yet authentic trait–is the thick British accents and terms used by the cast of characters. U.S. viewers will have some difficulty following the script’s British dialogue–just as real American and British military forces commonly do down range finalizing mission details to support each other. There’s a reason Zulu time and the phonetic alphabet are used as much as possible by allies in modern warfare communications—to minimize confusion and find common ground. Despite this hurdle, the film’s plot continues dramatically and unabated.

“KILO TWO BRAVO” will leave audiences tip-toeing and pushed outside their comfort zones. Director Paul Katis and Academy Award winning film producer Gareth Unwin (“The King’s Speech”) deliver a powerful, inspiring look inside a battlefield and at a very special group of soldiers and airmen. Between the morphine injections from soldiers and the casualty evacuation attempt by American forces, a heart-pounding and emotional true story of heroism unfolds. Emerging from the dusty minefield in Afghanistan is a graphic portrayal of war and the “Never give up” mentality of brothers-in-arms. For that alone, “KILO TWO BRAVO” is a must-see film!

Grade: B+

The American release of “KILO TWO BRAVO” will take place November 13, 2015 in ten cities across the United States, as well as be available on DVD and video on demand, with sneak previews at Army and Air Force bases in the U.S.  For more information, check out this KILO TWO BRAVO Movie Website.

“KILO TWO BRAVO” is rated R for disturbing and graphic depiction of war injuries and for pervasive language.  Its running time is 1 hour and 48 minutes.

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