The Patrol

The Patrol

Tom Petch (2013)

79min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Tom Petch's directorial debut works hard to convey the lot of the ordinary soldier on duty in Helmand Province in Afghanistan. Petch served in the British army for eight years, and his frontline experience shines through in dialogue that crackles with gritty jargon and slang, as a patrol led by sergeant Nicholas Beveney is left exposed in the desert with confused orders and malfunctioning kit. As invisible Taliban guerrillas make their presence felt, tensions mount, along with a growing sense of disillusion with a war that has long since ceased to be a surgical strike. The film is starkly shot by Stuart Bentley and is close in spirit to Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington's 2010 documentary Restrepo. While the composition of the unit is too conveniently cosmopolitan and some of the performances are rather stiff, Petch's film still reeks of authenticity, even if the narrative control is slightly less assured.

Summary

A patrol of British soldiers is sent into one of the most dangerous areas of Afghanistan. They soon find themselves isolated and under heavy fire from Taliban forces. Confronted with the full scale of the insurgency, the members of the unit begin to question the role they have to play in the war. Drama, starring Owain Arthur and Nicholas Beveney.

Cast & Crew

Smudge Nav Sidhu
Captain Bill Richardson Ben Righton
Taff Owain Arthur
Sergeant "Sol" Campbell Nicholas Beveney
Lieutenant Johnny Bradshaw Daniel Fraser
Ginge Alex McNally
Stab Oliver Mott
Director Tom Petch
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Soda PicturesAvailable on: DVDReleased on: 7 Feb 2014
Drama