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Plot: Kajaki Dam 2006. A company of young British soldiers encounter an unexpected, terrifying enemy. A dried-out river bed, and under every step the possibility of an anti-personnel mine. A mine that could cost you your leg - or your life. Runtime: 108 mins Release Date: 28 Nov 2014
Kajaki Movie – 5 Stars: A Must See Experience (by eddie-chaloner)
Like most people with military experience I find conventional war films a bit irritating – Implausible plot lines and ridiculous dialogue along with inaccurate uniforms and weapons tend to detract from the overall impression. The recently released movie Kajaki – the true story is, in the exception to this trend, and an important contribution to the national mood of reflection on the Afghan conflict.Every aspect of the film is grittily authentic, right down to the banter between the blokes, the detail on the T shirts and the tattoos.The incident will be familiar to many – in 2006 a <more>
patrol from 3 Para stationed at the Kajaki dam wander inadvertently into a legacy minefield from the soviet era with the inevitable unpleasant consequences. What sets this film apart from the crowd is the complete lack of sanitised pastiche violence and a storyline that sticks as closely as possible to the known facts, having had access and co-operation from the surviving members of the patrol, if not from the MOD itself. The movie scrupulously avoids being drawn into discussions about the controversies of the Afghan campaign and the level of resources supplied to the deployed forces, preferring instead to focus completely on the individual soldiers and the events of the day.As a surgeon with extensive experience of landmine injuries, I was hugely impressed with the level of detail in the depiction and treatment of the injuries and the completely unsentimental depiction of the actions that day. Writing in the Sun, Jeremy Clarkson explained that even though he had taken an interest in the Afghan conflict and had been out to see soldiers on deployment, he had absolutely no idea what the reality of battle and injury entailed until he saw the film. I am certain that many civilians and even some serving servicemen will feel the same after seeing the Kajaki movie.Having been released at the same time as the annual ceremonies of remembrance and, co-incidentally, at the same time as the centenary of the First world war and the draw-down from Afghanistan, it is important to remind the UK population that war is not all about artistic installations at the Tower of London, beautiful though those may be. With the Army having the lowest headcount in over a century, the population it serves is more disconnected than ever from the military – Kajaki conveniently reminds everyone about the realities of conflict.Dan Jarvis MP, himself a former Parachute Regiment officer brought up this very point at Defence Questions in the House of Commons and secured an assurance from the Defence Secretary that he would see the film in person. It should be required viewing for a far wider audience.
A *war* film not a Sunday afternoon round the telly war film (by ben-345-739716)
Incredibly tough and gritty film, the least glamorous war film I've ever seen, but the portrait of a group of men coping with the most horrendous suffering - because they're all in it together - is something that utterly transcends the banal clichés of the form cliches that we glimpse in the early scenes, the familiar rookie arriving and having everything explained, the safe and cleanly photographed long distance fire fight , and raises it to an extra level. Their patience is almost Christlike; the 'Happy Birthday' scene is something totally unlike anything else I've <more>
ever seen in a British movie. I can only compare it with some of the old Polish films about the Warsaw uprising - but this is funnier! Brilliant, brave and grimly funny. I took my sixteen year old son - this should be compulsory viewing for kids of the video game generation, specially if they're thinking of any kind of uniformed career. A hundred times better than such recent fare as 'Lone Survivor' or 'Fury' - I can't recommend this enough.
Visceral, harrowing, tender and funny (by andrew-289)
Loved this film. I saw it on its first weekend in Portsmouth and it was incredible. I didn't know the story - but the film is almost unbearably tense and I watched through fingers willing something else to happen but it didn't. I have never seen a film like this before - it really feels like a totally different way to view war - but horrifically realistic at the same time. Fantastic film and everyone should see it...I'm still thinking about the film two days later, and the blokes who were there and also just what it means to be a soldier today. Respect.
A film of searing honesty (by dmcmeon)
Being honest in day-to-day life is tough enough. Being honest when you are telling the story of a bunch of hairy-arsed British paras caught up in a minefield in the middle of a nihilistic and nasty little war is a huge challenge. As noted in other reviews, the easy option is to exaggerate, sentimentalise, put vaseline on the lens and fill the air with swooping strings: anything to get away from the reality of what did happen. Kajaki does none of the above. It stays honest and keeps its nerve and challenges you to keep yours, even as yet another shredded leg stabs at the screen. Out of the <more>
horror and ugliness is created a clear and radiant beauty born of comradeship, valour and truth. This is the shining soul of Kajaki, something that most films don't even know they lack.
You will cringe, laugh, cry and hold your breath in shocked disbelief and utter horror: one of the most intense and most touching war films I have ever seen (by gogoschka-1)
There's only a handful of so called "war films" I consider to be films about the actual reality of war. HBO's mini-series 'Generation Kill' is probably the most realistic when it comes to the depiction of modern warfare - but 'Kajaki' also known as 'Kilo Two Bravo' gives it a run for its money: this criminally under-seen masterpiece should be considered a modern classic. The production values are fantastic; the cinematography, the script and the direction are absolutely flawless - but you won't notice them. What you will notice is the <more>
outstanding ensemble of actors, portraying characters in a way you forget you're watching a movie. They will make you cringe, laugh, cry and hold your breath in shocked disbelief and utter horror.This film had me literally on the edge of my seat the entire time, but what really grabs you by the gut is not just the suspense and the horror; it's the relationships between these soldiers and how they look out for each other. How close men become when their lives depend on each other has probably rarely been depicted on screen with the intensity and no-bullshît, keep-it-real attitude as is the case here. And knowing that what you're seeing actually happened only adds to the experience for this film IS an experience . Definitely not the kind of war film that you come across very often. Superb. 9 stars out of 10.Favorite films: http://www.IMDb.com/list/mkjOKvqlSBs/Lesser-Known Masterpieces: http://www.imdb.com/list/ls070242495/Favorite Low-Budget and B-Movies: http://www.imdb.com/list/ls054808375/
As a big film fan I spend half my day reading the trivia and quotes of famous film makers. Recently I read a quote from Peter Jackson about how he hopes cinema returns to it's more 'original' ways. In a time where re-makes or adapted screenplays are the only films being made, it's Kajaki that's leading in the way in bringing back original cinema. It's been branded as the British Hurt Locker, and it could well be if it has a good scoop at the BAFTA's this year I think it will . But has has more similarities with big box office hit Lone Survivor with it being a true <more>
story. HOWEVER both Hurt Locker and Lone Survivor are so glamorised and glossed over they're as far from true realities of war and military action as Kim Kardashian in her 'Break The Internet' magazine spread. Kajaki doesn't even have the subtle background music every film need. It's so good it has no music! That's a massive achievement. Tell me a good film that's done that! A film that will move you, terrify you and restore your faith in cinema. Just go see it.
A thrilling, intense modern war film based on real events (by Col Needham)
I was privileged to attend one of four UK regional charity premieres on Tuesday 25 November ahead of the UK general release at VUE Cinemas on Friday 28 November. Each premiere was located in or near the home town of one the soldiers portrayed in the film such that family and friends could attend, and where possible, the actual people portrayed on- screen too. Bristol is the home town of Stu Hale who was portrayed on- screen by Benjamin O'Mahony. Stu was present at the screening and answered questions with the cast and crew at the Q&A afterwards. A portion of all the ticket sales <more>
across the UK goes directly to charities supporting returning servicemen and servicewomen. This all speaks to the very special nature of this film. In his introduction before the screening, director Paul Katis described it as a modern war film. It is indeed, and it takes an honourably neutral view of the conflict. At its heart this is the true story of a group of extremely brave men facing a difficult situation.The action takes place back in September 2006 in Afghanistan where a British army unit is responsible for the security at a key dam, which when fully commissioned, will provide hydroelectric power. Unbeknownst to them, the area is also home to a minefield left-over from the Soviet invasion in 1979/80. On a routine security patrol some of the unit find themselves trapped in the minefield when one of them is seriously injured after stepping upon a mine. Over the course of the film we get to learn more about the characters and see many examples of extraordinary bravery, all of which actually happened. This is powerful storytelling and writer Tom Williams has crafted a screenplay which reflects the truth and helps the audience understand the complexities of the situation. It walks the difficult line between intense and life-threatening action vs. the humour which people can use as a coping mechanism in such situations. Director Paul Katis holds nothing back and the full horrors of war are on display here, including some graphic injuries. This is all done in a non-gratuitous way and is part of the brutal and uncomfortable honesty of the events. I, along with the rest of the audience, sat on the edge of my seat and there are several moments of shocking surprise throughout this tense thriller. This is a film worth going to see in cinemas with an audience and at my screening several spontaneous rounds of applause broke out at key moments in the end credits. Highly recommended.
As a soldier who was in the same situation, it's as true as possible (by alon-dar1)
I was 21 at 1973, only 4 month after my army service, mandatory of course, as is army service in Israel, i just finished 3 years of hard service, 4/5 of it under constant fire, i was at the Suez canal and the Egyptians were shooting at us non stop, we did not respond, ammo was in short supply, and we just tried to keep our posts. Then, on September, all the Arab countries surrounding Israel issued an attack, it was Yom Kippur, our holiest day of the year, most of the soldiers were at home, we were attacked from all sides, transportation arrived to soldier houses and took all to the war, me <more>
too. I met my tank crew at the south desert, we got the tank on the truck and headed to the fight zone, few kilometers from there we drove off the truck and headed south, to try and stop the Arab tanks, we fought the whole day, watching our tanks get hit by rpg rockets, and by the second day we were ordered to drive behind the Egyptians and try to block the second wave of Arabic tanks that was crossing the canal, on the way to the canal, we were hit by an rpg, the gunman died immediately, me and the 2 crew members managed to get out, i shot the guy with the rpg, but his friends on a jeep escaped and informed others about us, so, 100 kilometers from any Israeli army, in the desert, an area full of our own mines, intended to block a possible Arabic attack, there were us, me, the driver, and a seriously wounded loader. want to know what happened to us? watch the film, it is really our crew's story! we stayed there 7 days, no water, with thousands of mines around us, the heat was 50 plus Celsius, we were shot, buried by tanks, but we survived.
Gritty, Graphic and Incredibly Realistic (by kieranbattams)
I met the academy award winning producer today Gareth Unwin, The Kings Speech after being shown his latest film, Kajaki, I must say if he carries on to produce films like these then he will fast become my favourite producer.Kajaki follows a team of British special forces officers in Afganistan after they discover a desolate, drained riverbed which contains a minefield. We are then given what can only be described as an intense race against the clock to save the lives of men who have been caught in the explosions whilst their teammates struggle to get to them as a result of being at risk of <more>
setting one off.When i say this film is intense i mean that it is extremely INTENSE. We are kept on the edge of our seats watching these men battle through this ticking timebomb of a minefield. Every time a character takes a step I was biting my fingernails down to the bone thinking a mine would set off. This is the tone throughout most of the movie. We feel like these men would in the terrible situation they are put through. Yet when a mine does go off we still don't expect it which really makes the film all the more intense, a real white-knuckle experience.Although the film does have a slow start where we get to see life behind the scenes, it pays off. It was good to see this at first but it started to get stale as we had seen this sort of thing before. But once that first mine goes off we are given an entirely new experience that we have never seen the likes off before. If you are squeamish this may not be the film for you as we see a lot of realistic and graphic images of limbs being blown off, but if you don't mind seeing these images Kajaki is a real treat and i highly recommend it as a film that is realistic and nail bitingly entertaining