Category Archives: War

ZOO (2017): New Trailer Starring Art Parkinson, Toby Jones, Penelope Wilton, Ian McElhinney…

Zoo (2018), Art Parkinson
Zoo (2018), Art Parkinson

During the German air raid bombings of Belfast in 1941, young Tom and his misfit friends fought to save ‘Buster’ a baby elephant at Belfast Zoo.

Written and directed by Colin McIvor, Zoo is based on a true story and stars Art Parkinson, Toby Jones, Penelope Wilton, Ian McElhinney…

This one is for big elephant (my favourite grey creature) fans. I also really want to know which of the elephants in this movie are CGI, if not all.

Zoo Release Dates: June 29th, 2018 (UK & Ireland)…

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JOURNEY’S END (2017): New Frailer From Paul Bettany, Sam Claflin, Asa Butterfield…

Journey's End (2017), Sam Claflin
Journey’s End (2017), Sam Claflin

Directed by Saul Dibb; starring Paul Bettany, Sam Claflin and Asa Butterfield, Journey’s End is a war movie set in a dugout in Aisne, France in 1918.

Journey’s End is a story in which a group of British soldiers who are variously awaiting their fate happen to be led by the the mentally disintegrating young officer Stanhope (Claflin)…

I’m interested because this trailer reminds me of a somewhat similar war movie I enjoyed more than expected. Namely, The Siege of Jadotville (2016), I’m onlso intrigued by the ‘mentally disintegrating young officer’ angle.

Stephen Graham, Toby Jones, Tom Sturridge and Theo Barklem-Biggs also star.

Journey’s End Release Dates: February 2nd 2018 (UK)…

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NAPLES ’44 (2016): New Trailer For World War II Documentary Voiced By Benedict Cumberbatch, Adriano Giannini…

Naples '44 (2016)
Naples ’44 (2016)

Directed by Francesco Patierno, Naples ’44 is a documentary about a British Intelligence Officer in Naples at the end of World War II. Based on Norman Lewis’s acknowledged masterpiece about a war-torn city and its unforgettable humanity, Benedict Cumberbatch and Adriano Giannini lend their voices to bring Lewis’s words to life…

The visuals in this trailer have me very intrigued indeed. They’re, in parts horrific, hugely disturbing but also undeniably beautiful all at the same time. I can’t wait to see it all together. I’m also looking forward to hearing Cumberbatch bring his vocal talent and presence to the  cause

Naples ’44 Release Dates: November 29th, 2017 (US)…

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12 STRONG (2018): New Trailer From Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon, Michael Peña, Taylor Sheridan…

12 Strong (2018), Michael Shannon
12 Strong (2018), Michael Shannon

Directed by Nicolai Fuglsig, 12 Strong is the true story of the first Special Forces team deployed to Afghanistan after 9/11. There task, to work with an Afghani warlord to take down the Taliban…

Once again, as I do with most war movies I watch, I have to ask the question, how likely is this film to take the place of the The Hurt Locker as my favourite war movie?

12 Strong Release Dates: January 19th, 2018 (US); January 26th, 2018 (UK)…

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THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE (2017): New Trailer From Miles Teller, Hayley Bennett, Amy Schumer…

Thank You For Your Service (2017), Miles Teller
Thank You For Your Service (2017), Miles Teller

In Thank You For Your Service, the new war drama / biography starring Miles Teller and Hayley Bennett, a group of U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq are struggling to integrate back into family and civilian life…

Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is interesting and my two favourite war films – American Sniper (2014) and The Hurt Locker (2008) touch on the subject to a degree. In Thank You For Your Service, PTSD is the main focus and so I must watch. The other reason for me to watch is Teller because of his memorable work in Whiplash (2014). Also I’m curious about Bennett. I’ve seen her in a number of trailers but I’m yet to watch one of her movies.

Directed by Jason Hall; Joe Cole and Keisha Castle-Hughes also star.

Thank You For Your Service Release Dates: October 27th, 2017 (US)…

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SAND CASTLE (2017): New TraileR From Henry Cavill, Nicholas Hoult…

Sand Castle (2017), Nicholas Hoult
Sand Castle (2017), Nicholas Hoult

In Sand Castle, Henry Cavill and Nicholas Hoult are U.S. soldiers whose job it is to protect a small village during the the Iraq war…

I’m intrigued by this. My big hope for this Fernando Coimbra directed war dram is that the American accents are as convincing as the truth in the actor’s eyes and words.

Sand Castle Release Dates: April 14th, 2017 (US)…

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THE WALL (2017): New Trailer From John Cena & Aaron Taylor-Johnson

The Wall (2017), Aaron Taylor-Johnson
The Wall (2017), Aaron Taylor-Johnson

Aaron Taylor-Johnson and John Cena’s latest movie is a war time drama / thriller. Directed by Doug Liman, The Wall is set during a standoff between an Iraqi sniper and an American sharpshooter…

I want to to see this since I’m a big Aaron Taylor-Johnson fan and also because it would be great to see John Cena do a great job with the role.  Well done trailer maker! Good edit and the tension is very promising.

Laith Nakli also stars.

The Wall Release Dates: March 10th, (2017)…

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THE SIEGE OF JADOTVILLE (2016): Good Movie…

The Siege Of Jadotville (2016), Jamie Dornan
The Siege Of Jadotville (2016), Jamie Dornan

Until The Siege Of Jadotville, I’d only seen Jamie Dornan in one movie; the hugely successful but not particularly well regarded Fifty Shades Of Grey (2015). Since the latter film, I’ve been looking forward to finding out what else Dornan could do in front of the camera.

Directed by Richie Smyth and set in early 1960s Congo, The Siege Of Jadotville is based on the true story of Irish UN Commander Pat Quinlan and his leadership of 150 Irish soldiers against 3000 French and Belgian Mercenaries.

My enjoyment of this movie isn’t because I was blinded by the beautiful Irish accents. The entire cast delivered good performances and there’s a beautifully tense scene at a bar quite early on. There’s also the cinematography and how well director Richie Smyth and his team rose to the challenge of capturing military combat.

By the end of the movie, I was left inspired to fight my corner when necessary, happy to have found my favourite Jamie Dornan movie to date and reminded to be careful of underestimating my opponents, however in my favour the odds may appear.

Watch The Siege Of Jadotville which also stars Jason O’Mara, Mark Strong, Danny Sapani and Sam Keeley- to name just a few because there’s is more to enjoy than just the lovely Irish accents.

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