Sunday, February 14, 2016

A War (Krigen) (2015)

Director: Tobias Lindholm. Cast: Pilou Asbæk, Tuva Novotny, Dar Salim. 115 min. Denmark. Drama/War.

The Hurt Locker. The Kill TeamAmerican Sniper. Movies that depict the ambiguity of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars: troops are sent to target only a specific group of combatants, but protect the civilians (as opposed to the old days, when troops were just sent in to kill everybody). So confronted with a non-discriminating enemy, when a commander is forced to choose between keeping his own platoon alive or protecting civilians ... which does he choose? This year's Oscar-nominated movie from Denmark tries to answer that question, and the answer is as morally ambiguous as the initial setting.

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