REVIEW: Kajaki. The True Story (2014)

MV5BMTQ5MjYxMDM4MV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNDU2NzA0MzE@._V1_SY317_CR0,0,214,317_AL_At Kajaki Dam in 2006, a company of young British soldiers on a routine patrol stumble into an unmarked minefield. Every step could lead to injuries or death for many of the soldiers as they all work together to try and rescue their injured comrades.

Kajaki does a good job of lulling the audience into a false sense of security. All the soldiers are normal guys and they have banter and laugh and joke with each other and the day seems so normal before a routine patrol turns into a nightmare. The first explosion really is a surprise and then the tension never lets up.

The performances from the entire cast is phenomenal. The film is full of young and relatively unknown British talent which works well as you’re more focused on the characters than the peple playing them.

Kajaki is the true story of soldier’s bravery and courage under immense odds. The fact that it’s a true story could make it become overly sentimental or political but Kajaki manages to avoid that. Its very matter of fact about the situation and it leaves the audience to decide if there is any political angle or if anything could be done to prevent the incident or if it was all an unfortunate tragedy.

Kajaki is such a powerful film, it’s well-directed, well-acted and overall a great film. It’s tough to watch but it’s definitely something everyone should see. 5/5.

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