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Plot: When a small outpost is ambushed, a US Army squad must take the battle below ground on a high-stakes mission in a new type of warfare the likes of which they have never seen.
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The politics of war
As in war, not every aspect of the film Ambush probably goes as it was strategically intended in pre-production, but its heart, politics, and key performances fight hard to make a difference and by the end of its hour and 40 minute running time can claim victory.
The year is 1966. The setting is a small firebase in Quan Tri erected and secured by a corp of young inexperienced engineers with next to no bona fides in combat. The platoon is commanded by Cpl. Ackerman (Connor Paolo) – who is educated and savvy but trepidatious because he knows what he does not know… and his men know it too. The titular ambush takes place above ground – the enemy appearing out of nowhere in the midst of the camp’s secured perimeter – during which they manage to steal an important dossier before being repelled. The remainder of the film mostly takes place underground as Ackerman and his team are tasked with the mission of mapping the Vietcong’s ‘subway system’, the labyrinth of tunnels they have constructed in the area that allow them free and unseen movement in their battles against the Americans.
Once in the tunnels, the film takes on more of an effective horror film vibe with booby traps, silence, claustrophobia, sudden attacks and a John Carpenteresque 80’s soundtrack. But the film never lets the viewer forget that the real horror is the lethal mix of the politics of war and the caste system of the armed forces. To this end, the film’s finale is particularly forceful.
Aaron Eckhart as General Drummond, remotely directing the operation, does his steely best, but his performance, literally over the phone, is detached in a multitude of ways. Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Special Forces operative Miller, who is knowledgeable about the tunnels but stays above ground, provides an understanding and a Zen-like calmness to the endeavor, a welcome counterbalance to the barking of the other higher-ups. But the real pulse of the story and heart of the film is Connor Paolo’s portrayal of Ackerman who’s journey from trying hard to conceal his fears about protecting his men above ground to revealing his deep care, compassion and responsibility for them underground is truly moving.
For a low budget war film with what appeared to be an extremely short shooting schedule, Ambush tells a story about the politics of war well worth seeing. The fact that it eschews back stories of both the larger and the smaller life forms benefits it theme: that at the end of the chess game, all the pieces – kings, queens, bishops, knights and pawns – go back in the same box.
Writing and Directing Leaves a Lot to Be Desired
The premise of the movie is pretty good and they have some really talented actors, but you can feel something is off right from the beginning, especially if you have been in the military or even are just a connoisseur of military movies / documentaries.
A forward base is something we’ve all seen, but as soon as you lay eyes on this base, even a five year-old would wonder why on earth anyone would build a base like that. Why do they have like 30 guys on the base, no vehicles, but like 100 55 gallon drums?
The whole premise of the movie is that they come in possession of a secret binder with a complete list of secret agent locations and need to protect it. Someone accidentally discharges a weapon and the special forces captain throws the binder on the ground to go yell at the guy which allows a ditch-digger to get to thumb through it. What?! C’mon!
The dialogue just seems off too. When one 20-year old ditch digger, asks the other 20 year-old ditch digger what was in the binder – he asks ‘Did it look like a ledger?” Who the heck would say that?
When the base gets attacked, they hide the binder in an ammo can in the HQ. What!? It’s literally one inch thick, anyone who’d job it was to protect it would put it down this pants, or bury it under one of the hundreds of 55-gallon drums, it would never be found even if they totally lost the base.
In another ridiculous situation, as the base is being attacked, the captain orders every single soldier to leave the base to peruse the retreating attackers. It must not have seemed ridiculous enough, because then both the retreating and the pursuing solders then both stand in the open unloading machine gun fire at each other – AK-47 versus M16 at about 20 or 30 yards.
Mark Burman is an accomplished writer / director / producer, but quite honestly he really should have hired a military consultant on this one. Anyone who likes war movies, or even occasionally watches war documentaries on the History Channel sees right through this movie. It’s really hard to even watch this to the end with all the cliches and totally unbelievable actions taken.
Original Language en
Genre Action, Thriller
Director Mark Burman
Writer Mark Burman, Johnny Lozano, Michael McClung
Actors Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Aaron Eckhart, Connor Paolo
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