The Outpost (2019) Review

A small team of US soldiers must battle against hundreds of Taliban fighters in Afghanistan, at an outpost known as Camp Keating in the mountains.

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The Outpost gives an intimate look into what soldiers had to withstand during the war in Afghanistan, the every day events that then built up to the big event of being attacked. The soldiers would attempt to help the locals and gain respect in order to have them help stop any attacks from the Taliban. This was not always possible and we get to see many different interactions and scenes, it shows that respect can be built up though when different Captain’s take over and the elders from the villages are no longer happy to help out.

We see how much missing home impacts the different individuals and the struggles they have with the current surroundings. This was not the same for any of them and I felt as though that was done in a very good way and manner, learning about the true reflections of the war on different men who had to then work together to survive.

The build up to the attack is actually quite slow, mainly to show that it did not appear that a big threat was expected and when it happens the sheer noise and trauma of it all was put across in an interesting manner.

I will admit that I watched this when seeing that Orlando Bloom was in the film, although I had no idea that his role would turn out to be not that big at all which was a little bit of a disappointment mainly because he hasn’t been in many films in recent years. But we then had Scott Eastwood who is very good in the more leading of the roles and I felt as though he carried it all well, being very authoritative and engaging. Caleb Landry Jones was probably the stand out performance though, his character probably had the best background and in terms of issues plenty of that to go along with it all. He was impressive putting all of that across and stealing scenes constantly. Jack Kesy is also more than worth a mention as I felt he was impressive as well.

A tough watch at times as we do not always get to see the behind the scenes as such of a war film and what they do when not on post or guard, it gave that little look into how they try and switch off, although that is probably never really possible at all.

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