Category: War

Lone Survivor

Summary: Marcus Luttrell and his team set out on a mission to capture/kill al Qaeda leader Ahmad Shahd in late June 2005. The team are left to fight for their lives in one of the most valiant efforts of modern warfare.

Year: 2014

Australian Cinema Release Date: 20th February, 2014

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Peter Berg

Screenwriter: Peter Berg, Marcus Luttrell (book), Patrick Robinson (book)

Cast: Yousuf Azami (Shah), Eric Bana (Erik Kristensen), Johnny Bautista (Lt. Edwards), Dan Bilzerian (Healy), Kurt Carlson (Captain Lovas), Paul Craig (‘EOD’ Paul),  Jerry Ferrara (Hasselert), Ben Foster (Matt ‘Axe’ Axelson), Daniel Fulcoly (Lt. Andrews), Michael P. Herrman (Wallace), Emile Hirsch (Danny Dietz), Joh Hocker (Hocker), Taylor Kitsch (Michael Murphy), Robert Loerke (Captain Jacoby), Alexander Ludwig (Shane Patton), Zabiullah Mirzai (Zabi), Henry Penzi (Penzi), Sammy Sheik (Taraq), Ali Suliman (Gulab), Rich Ting (James Suh), Mark Wahlberg (Marcus Luttrell)

Runtime: 121 mins

Classification:MA15+

OUR LONE SURVIVOR REVIEWS & RATINGS

Adam Ross: Stars(3)

Please check Adam’s Lone Survivor review of that is available on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #68

Greg King: Stars(3.5)

Please check Greg’s Lone Survivor review of that is available on www.filmreviews.net.au

David Griffiths:

War films are a dime-a-dozen… bad war films are even more common. It’s for that reason that is okay to be a little nervous when approaching Lone Survivor. Even the fact that it has a known actor like Mark Wahlberg in it doesn’t make necessarily a good film either… after all the man formerly known as Marky Mark has delivered some pretty bad turds over the years. Then there is the Peter Berg factor, yes Berg has shown over the years that he can create some masterpieces, just as he did with Friday Night Lights, but then he was also the man responsible for Battleship.

Luckily for movie fans out there Lone Survivor falls into the realm of good war films. So good in fact that it deserves to be mentioned alongside films such as The Hurt Locker and Black Hawk Down. Yes Peter Berg served his time with the studio and worked on Battleship and has now once again been allowed to show the world what a fine filmmaker he really is.

The film itself is based on actual events that happened to Marcus Luttrell (Mark Wahlberg) during a daring raid in Afghanistan to capture notorious Taliban leader Ahmed Shah (Yousuf Azami). Soon Luttrell’s group, which also contains Michael Murphy (Taylor Kitsch) and Matt Axelson (Ben Foster) find themselves deep under enemy fire after having to make a huge moral call. Worse still is the fact that they are cut off by their leader, Erik Kristensen (Eric Bana) as their communications have all gone down.

There is little doubt that this is film is made ten times better under the direction of Peter Berg. Just like he did with Friday Night Lights Berg makes Lone Survivor feel like you are watching a documentary. The dialogue was his script his natural and just because he has a big name like Eric Bana in a role doesn’t mean that Berg decides to give his A-lister any extra on screen.

Likewise Berg doesn’t hold back on the violence in this film. The film is set on the battlefield and it is obvious that Berg not only wants his audience to see that the men involved in this mission were not only heroes but he also wants people to realise just how tough it is for men and women on the front line. Not only does he show this with some very confronting war violence but also by some extremely intense scenes that show the moral decisions that soldiers have to make while going about their jobs.

In fact the highlight of Lone Survivor is the scene where Luttrell and co are faced with a very big ethical dilemma. Do they shoot dead some unarmed young Afghanis or do what the law says and let them go, knowing full well that the latter option is likely to bring even more repercussions for the soldiers. As the soldiers discuss what is best to do Berg heightens the tension to a level that most filmmakers can only dream about achieving.

Lone Survivor really isn’t a film about the actors in it, which is made obvious by the fact that an actor of the calibre of Eric Bana is in a pretty much ‘blink and you’ll miss him’ role while the likes of Ben Foster and Emile Hirsch are also in restricted roles. To his credit Mark Wahlberg delivers even when some of the scenes seem to be above his usual acting talent, while Taylor Kitsch again silences his critics with a worthy performance as well.

This is one film that is certainly a gripping, yet also very tough watch. The violence is unrelenting but Peter Berg does what he sets out to do and that is show the audience just how brave the men involved in this raid were. Lone Survivor is one of the finest war movies you will ever see.

Stars(4)

Average Subculture Rating (out of 5): Stars(3.5)

IMDB Rating:  Lone Survivor (2013) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Lone Survivor′: Please check The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #68 for our full Lone Survivor review.

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Mr. Pip

Summary: Mr Pip is the story of how Mr Watts (Hugh Laurie), a teacher on the war-torn island of Bougainville, helps a young girl survive the violence of her daily life through the power of imagination. Mr Watts reads from his favourite book, “Great Expectations”, and 14-year-old Matilda is transported into the Victorian world, finding inspiration, friendship and hope when her real life is filled with harsh uncertainty and danger.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 14th November, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: Papua New Guinea, Australia, New Zealand

Director: Andrew Adamson

Screenwriter: Andrew Adamson, Lloyd Jones (novel)

Cast: Eka Darville (Pip), Florence Korokoro (Grace Watts), Hugh Laurie (Mr. Watts)

Runtime: 117 mins

Classification:M

OUR MR PIP REVIEWS & RATINGS:

Greg King: Stars(2.5)

Please check Greg’s review of ‘Mr. Pip’ that is available on www.filmreviews.com.au

Average Subculture Rating (out of 5): Stars(2.5)

IMDB Rating:  Mr. Pip (2012) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Mr Pip′: Please check The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #58

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In The Fog

Summary: It is 1942, and on the German-occupied Western frontiers of the Soviet Union, local partisans are fighting a brutal resistance campaign. Two of these partisans are escorting suspected Nazi collaborator Sushenya to his death when they are ambushed, and wounded. The tables turned, Sushenya is forced to make a moral choice under immoral circumstances. Adapted from Vasil Bykov’s novel, In The Fog is minimalist and restrained, its sparse visual language and soundtrack driving the growing sense of menace and unease, and ultimately unfolding into a philosophical and psychological meditation on morality.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 14th March, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: Germany, Netherlands, Belarus, Russia, Latvia

Director: Sergei Loznitsa

Screenwriter: Sergei Loznitsa, Vasili Bykov (novel)

Cast: Vladislav Abashin (Burov), Stepans Bogdanovs (Topchievsky), Dmitry Bykovskiy (Yaroshevich), Vlad Ivanov (Grossmeier), Igor Khripunov (Mirokha), Sergei Kolesov (Votik), Dmitrijs Kolosovs (Mishuk), Nikita Peremotovs (Grisha), Yuliya Peresild (Anelya), Kirill Petrov (Koroban), Vladimir Svirskiy (Sushenya)

Runtime: 123 mins

Classification:M

Dave Griffiths’s ‘In The Fog’ Review: Please check Dave’s review of ‘In The Fog’ that is available on the Helium Entertainment Channel.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘In The Fog′: Check Episode #24 of our The Good The Bad The Ugly Podcast for a more in-depth review of ‘In The Fog’.

Rating: 2.5/5

IMDB Rating: In the Fog (2012) on IMDb

War Witch

Summary: Kim Nguyen paints a poignant and harrowing portrait of Komona, a 14-year-old girl (wonderfully played by nonprofessional actress Rachel Mwanza) who has been kidnapped from her African village by rebels to become a child soldier. She escapes from the camp with an older albino soldier and experiences for the very first time the joys of a peaceful and loving life, but a fresh tragedy will force her to confront and fight the ghosts haunting her mind.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 14th March, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: Canada

Director: Kim Nguyen

Screenwriter: Kim Nguyen

Cast: Alain Lino Mic Eli Bastien (Commandant – Rebelle), Serge Kanyinda (Magicien), Rachel Mwanza (Komona), Jordan N’Tunga (Jordan), Ralph Prosper (Boucher), Diane Uwamahoro (Komona – Narrator (voice)

Runtime: 90 mins

Classification:MA15+

Dave Griffiths’s ‘Rebelle/War Witch’ Review: Please check Dave’s review of ‘Rebelle/War Witch’ that is available on the Helium Entertainment Channel.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Rebelle/War Witch′: Check Episode #24 of our The Good The Bad The Ugly Podcast for a more in-depth review of ‘Rebelle/War Witch’.

Rating: 4/5

IMDB Rating: War Witch (2012) on IMDb

War Witch

Summary: Kim Nguyen paints a poignant and harrowing portrait of Komona, a 14-year-old girl (wonderfully played by nonprofessional actress Rachel Mwanza) who has been kidnapped from her African village by rebels to become a child soldier. She escapes from the camp with an older albino soldier and experiences for the very first time the joys of a peaceful and loving life, but a fresh tragedy will force her to confront and fight the ghosts haunting her mind.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 14th March, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: Canada

Director: Kim Nguyen

Screenwriter: Kim Nguyen

Cast: Alain Lino Mic Eli Bastien (Commandant – Rebelle), Serge Kanyinda (Magicien), Rachel Mwanza (Komona), Jordan N’Tunga (Jordan), Ralph Prosper (Boucher), Diane Uwamahoro (Komona – Narrator (voice)

Runtime: 90 mins

Classification:MA15+

Dave Griffiths’s ‘Rebelle/War Witch’ Review: Please check Dave’s review of ‘Rebelle/War Witch’ that is available on the Helium Entertainment Channel.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Rebelle/War Witch′: Check Episode #24 of our The Good The Bad The Ugly Podcast for a more in-depth review of ‘Rebelle/War Witch’.

Rating: 4/5

IMDB Rating: War Witch (2012) on IMDb

Lore

Summary: After her Nazi parents are imprisoned, Lore leads her younger siblings across a war-torn Germany in 1945. Amidst the chaos, she encounters mysterious Jewish refugee Thomas, who shatters her fragile reality with hatred and desire. To live, she must trust someone she was taught to hate and face the darkness within herself.

Year: 2012

Australian Cinema Release Date: 20th September, 2012

Australian DVD Release Date: 6th February, 2013

Country: Germany, Australia, UK

Director: Cate Shortland

Screenwriter: Robin Mukherjee, Cate Shortland, Rachel Seiffert (novel)

Cast: Hendrik Arnst (Mann vom Ochsenwagen), Andre Frid (Gunther), Claudia Geisler (Frau vom Ochsenwagen), Eva-Maria Hagen (Grobmutter), Nick Holaschke (Peter), Ursina Lardi (Mutti), Kai-Peter Malina (Thomas), Sven Pippig (Bauer), Katrin Pollitt (Bauerin), Saskia Rosendahl (Lore), Mika Seidel (Jurgen), Nele Trebs (Liesel), Hans-Jochan Wagner (Vati), Philip Wiegratz (Helmut), Hanne B. Wolham (Martha)

Runtime: 109 mins

Classification:MA15+

Dave Griffiths’s ‘Lore’ Review: 

When Australian director Cate Shortland delivered her debut feature film ‘Somersault’ in 2004 it was labelled a cinematic masterpiece. The way she captured the emotion of her lead character and also the landscape of the Snowy Mountains was something that had never been seen before Australia. Therefore it comes as quite a surprise that it has taken Shortland until 2012 to deliver her eagerly awaited follow up film, ‘Lore’.

Set in Germany in 1945 the film follows a young girl named, Lore (Saskia Rosendahl – Fur Elise) who watches as the German Army falls apart and succumbs to the Allies. As Russian, American, French and British troops pile into Germany Lore can only watch as her Nazi parents Mutti (Ursina Lardi – Stampede, TV’S Der Staatsanwalt) and Vati (Hans-Jochen Wagner – TV’S Tatort, TV’S Die Bergwacht) are arrested.

Now Lore finds herself having to embark on a journey across Germany with her brothers and sisters, Liesel (Nele Trebs – My Prince My King, TV’S SOKO Wismar), Gunther (Andre Frid – Der Fiend In Meinnem Leben, Bella Und Der Feigenbaum), Jurgen (Mika Seidel – Jorinde Und Joringel, Stopped On Track) and Peter (Nick Holasschke – newcomer) to their grandmother’s house. But Lore soon realises that while the war may be over, the horrors of war certainly aren’t and soon she faces a major dilemma, does she allow a young Jew, Thomas (Kai Malina – TV’S The Last Cop, TV’S SOKO Keipzig) travel with them for protection or does she stick to her beliefs that have been drummed into her by her parents.

To her credit Shortland doesn’t just make another World War II or another Holocaust movie, instead she touches on something from this period that has been rarely looked at what happened to the families of German officers after the Allies had won the war. And Shortland certainly doesn’t muck around with the story at hand either she takes the film into some dark places and also makes sure that the screenplay goes deep into the characters lives as the story plays out.

The most interesting side of ‘Lore’ revolves around the character of Thomas. Often during films set in World War II German characters are simply just shown as ‘evil’. Here you see that Lore really has had been ‘educated’ (or should that be ‘brainwashed’) in what Jewish people are really like, in a sense the film explains her hatred for Thomas and other Jews and thanks to the brilliant screenplay the audience can only watch in suspense as they wonder whether or not Lore can ever fully accept Thomas’ offer of help.

‘Lore’ also introduces the audience to two extremely talented young actors. Saskia Rosendahl has star written all over her, in fact she is actually very reminiscent to a young Naomi Watts or Nicole Kidman. She takes this dramatic role and delivers it with ease, and the fact she is likable certainly helps the film draw in its audience. Rosendahl is also well supported by Kai Malina a young actor who also stands out while playing an intense role in the film, he is also someone who looks like they will have a massive future ahead of them.

‘Lore’ is one of the best films to come out of Australia for a long time, it is a sensational film that is a must see for anyone who loves character driven films.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Lore′: Check Episodes #20 of our The Good The Bad The Ugly Podcast for a more in-depth review of ‘Lore’. Dave Griffiths also has another review of ‘Lore’ available on the Helium Entertainment Channel.

Rating: 3/5

IMDB Rating:Lore (2012) on IMDb

Zero Dark Thirty

Summary: ZERO DARK THIRTY is a military term meaning half past midnight – the timing of the actual mission to locate and eliminate the world’s most dangerous man, Osama bin Laden. The term also refers to the secrecy that surrounded the decade long mission to track him down.

Deemed the greatest manhunt in history, ZERO DARK THIRTY chronicles the declassified true story of the relentless pursuit by an elite team of intelligence and military operatives, working in secret across the globe.

Director Kathryn Bigelow reteams with her writer/producer from The Hurt Locker to reveal the intricate details behind the gripping chase, culminating with the now infamous raid on May 2, 2011 that ended bin Laden’s reign of terror.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 31st January, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Kathryn Bigelow

Screenwriter: Mark Boal

Cast: Scott Adkins (John), Lee Asquith-Coe (Sean Cohen), John Barrowman (Jeremy), Kyle Chandler (Joseph Bradley), Jessica Chastain (Maya), Jason Clarke (Dan), Jessica Collins (Debbie), Mike Colter (Mike), Mark Duplass (Steve), Joel Edgerton (Patrick), Nash Edgerton (Nate), Jennifer Ehle (Jessica), Homayoun Ershadi (Hassan Ghul), Fares Fares (Hakim), Siaosi Fonua (Henry), James Gandolfini (C.I.A. Director), Tarick Hadouch (Khalid), Noureddine Haijjoujou (Abrar), J.J. Kandel (J.J.), Reda Kateb (Ammar), Taylor Kinney (Jared), Daniel Lapaine (Tim), Fredric Lehne (The Wolf), Yoav Levi (Abu Faraj al-Libbi), Tushaar Mehra (Abu Ahmed), Callan Mulvey (Saber), Harold Perrineau (Jack), Chris Pratt (Justin), Edgar Ramirez (Larry), Lauren Shaw (Lauren), Phil Somerville (Phil), Christopher Stanley (Admiral Bill McCraven), Jeremy Strong (Thomas), Mark Strong (George), Eyad Zoubi (Zied)

Runtime: 157 mins

Classification:M

Dave Griffiths’s ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ Review: 

Dave Griffiths’s review for Zero Dark Thirty can currently been found on Helium Entertainment Channel.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Zero Dark Thirty′: Check Episode #18 of our The Good The Bad The Ugly Podcast for a more in-depth review of ‘Zero Dark Thirty’. Dave’s other review of ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ can be found on the Helium Entertainment Channel

Rating: 4/5

IMDB Rating: Zero Dark Thirty (2012) on IMDb

Summary: Based on the military incursion into Bin Laden s compound from the perspective of a small contingent of Navy SEALS. The film takes a look inside their lives as tensions rise between them until they learn the identity of their latest target, whose code name is Geronimo. A break in the manhunt for Osama Bin Laden serves as the riveting backdrop for a gripping story about the combined efforts of an extraordinary group of Navy Seals. This is the story of a clandestine operation, a perfect storm of people, and the rare synergy of circumstances that would amount to the most daring military operation of our generation, inspired by the true story of how it almost fell apart.

Year: 2012

Australian Cinema Release Date: NA

Australian DVD Release Date: 26th December, 2012

Country: United States

Director: John Stockwell

Screenwriter: Kendall Lampkin

Cast: Sarah Al Jabouri (Tibah), Ashima Bhlla (Sania), Harsh Chhaya (Dr. Afridi), Leonard Claps (Abrar), William Fichtner (Mr. Guidry), Tait Fletcher (D-Punch), Jenny Gabrielle (Tricia), Cam Gigandet (Stunner), Yon Kempton (Bin Laden), Jahan Khalili (Kalid), Rafaella Mark (Farah), Kenneth Miller (Sauce), Anson Mount (Cherry), Kathleen Robertson (Vivian), Freddy Rodriguez (Trench), Rajesh Shringarpore (Wasem), Maninder Singh (Malik), Eddie Kaye Thomas (Christian), Xzibit (Mule), Hani Yahya (Hamza)

Runtime: 90 mins

Classification:MA15+

Dave Griffiths’s ‘Seal Team Six: The Raid On Osama Bin Laden’ Review:

With all the publicity (and hopes of cinema goers around the world) on Kathryn Bigelow’s film ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ which looks at the raid that saw Osama Bin Laden finally killed, it is easy to not realise that as far as filmmakers go she was beaten to the story by another film – a film called ‘Seal Team Six: The Raid On Osama Bin Laden’.

Based on the actual events ‘Seal Team Six: The Raid On Osama Bin Laden’ sees the initial planning from CIA agents such as Vivian (Kathleen Robertson – Down The Road Again, TV’S Boss) and Guidry (William Fichtner – Wrong, TV’S Entourage) put together a plan when they believe they have found the hiding place of international terror suspect Osama Bin Laden. Together the pair work ahead to put together a good enough case that will get President Barack Obama to okay the raid.

The second half of the film that sees Seal Team Six which is made up of seals like Stunner (Cam Gigandet – The Tin Star, Trepass), Cherry (Anson Mount – Safe, TV’S Hell On Wheels), Trench (Freddy Rodriguez – TV’S Kaijudo: Rise Of The Duel Masters & Perception), Mule (Xzibit – Weekends At Bellevue, TV’S Detroit 187) and Sauce (Kenneth Miller – The Company You Keep, Jackie) as they prepare for the biggest mission of their careers.

Perhaps the biggest surprise when it comes to ‘Seal Team Six: The Raid On Osama Bin Laden’ is the fact that it was directed by John Stockwell a man known for making surf films (such as Blue Crush and Into The Blue) rather than ‘war’ films. However, Stockwell doesn’t do such a bad job. Yes the low budget of the film shows through in a few scenes but he certainly does keep the suspense at a high level throughout the film.

Among the better scenes in the film are the ones set during the planning of the raid in the Pentagon. As Vivian comes up with ideas that could see the raid going ahead you can’t help but feel a sense of excitement. These scenes also allow William Fichtner to shine, a rarity as he is normally an actor skulking in the shadows in films such as ‘The Dark Knight’ or ‘Black Hawk Down’. This is clearly his best work since ‘Prison Break’.

As far as television movies go ‘Seal Team Six: The Raid On Osama Bin Laden’ is a pretty good watch. It is held back by its low budget but some good scriptwriting overshadows that.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of Seal Team Six: The Raid On Osama Bin Laden:
http://www.helium.com/items/2394880-seal-team-six-the-raid-on-osama-bin-laden-review

Rating: 3/5 Stars

IMDB Rating: Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden (2012) on IMDb

Summary:It s 1968, and four young, talented Australian aboriginal girls learn about love, friendship and war when their all girl group the sapphires entertain the us troops in Vietnam.

Year: 2012

Australian Cinema Release Date: 9th August, 2012

Australian DVD Release Date: 7th December, 2012

Country: Australia

Director: Wayne Blair

Screenwriter: Tony Briggs, Keith Thompson

Cast: Merelyn Adamson (Major Wicks), Tammy Anderson (Evelyn), Don Battee (Myron Ritchie), Kylie Belling (Geraldine), Nioka Brennan (Young Kay), Carlin Briggs (Young Jimmy), Eko Darville (Hendo), Martin Farrugia (Max), Gregory J. Fryer (Selwyn), Georgina Haig (Glynnis), Annette Hodgson (Noelene), Tory Kittles (Robby), Tanika Lonesborough (Young Gail), Judith Lucy (Merle), Miah Madden (Young Julie), Deborah Mailman (Gail), Jessica Mauboy (Julie), Wayne McDaniel (Lou McGarrick), Amy Miller-Porter (Vera), Ava Jean Miller-Porter (Young Cynthia), Rhys Muldoon (Uncle Ed), Koby Murray (Baby Hartley), Lynette Narkle (Nanny Theresa), Chris O’Dowd (Dave), Hunter Page-Lochard (Steve Kayne), T.J. Power (Lt. Jenson), Ben Rodgers (Fish), Jake Ryan (Cochese), Jasper Sarkodee (Pinky), Shari Sebbens (Kay), Miranda Tapsell (Cynthia), Tom Whitechurch (Young Tommy), Cleave Williams (Duggie), Meyne Wyatt (Jimmy Middleton)

Runtime: 103 mins

Classification:PG

Dave Griffiths’s ‘The Sapphires’ Review:

Red Dog started the ball rolling now it seems that other filmmakers have realised that not all Australian films have to be about dark, depressing topics. Certainly director, Wayne Blair (TV’S Lockie Leonard & Redfern Now) has realised that as his feature film directional debut, The Sapphires is an uplifting tale that is guaranteed to please any audience.

Based on real events The Sapphires is about three Aboriginal sisters, Gail (Deborah Mailman – Mabo, TV’S Offspring), Julie (Jessica Mauboy – Bran Nue Dae, TV’S Underbelly) and Cynthia (Miranda Tapsell – Mabo, TV’S Magical Tales) who dream about escaping the Aboriginal mission they call home and making it big as singers.

The dream seems fair fetched as they live in a racist outback town but when failed musician Dave (Chris O’Dowd – Friends With Kids, Bridesmaids) he decides to manage them, patch up differences with their cousin, Kay (Shari Sebbens – Violet) and then help them win a competition that will see them perform for the troops in Vietnam.

Thanks to a brilliant screenplay The Sapphires is able to provide the audience with a variety of comedy, drama and music. The film does go into some pretty deep subjects such as racism and tribal acceptance yet never once do you feel that the message is completely in your face.

With The Sapphires Wayne Blair also announces himself as one of Australia’s most promising directors. Together with cinematographer Warwick Thornton (who directed the brilliant Samson & Delilah) he makes this film look stunning on the big screen. Credit must be paid to both of them for making the Vietnam war scenes look so realistic despite a small budget.

The film does have some flaws, at times the story and some of the acting verge on being weak, but this is largely overshadowed by an amazing soundtrack and some brilliant performances by the films leads. Deborah Mailman again shows why she is one of Australia’s finest actors while Chris O’Dowd mixes comedy and drama together brilliantly in what is the best performance of his career so far. They are also well supported by Jessica Mauboy who is beginning to show that she is a talented actress as well as an amazing singer.

The Sapphires is an amazing film that works on all levels. The fact that it mixes music, drama and comedy together so well makes it an absolute gem.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘The Sapphires’: http://www.helium.com/items/2358683-movie-reviews-the-sapphires-2012

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

IMDB Rating:The Sapphires (2012) on IMDb

Summary: When Dalton Joiner, a young soldier in Vietnam, gets dumped by his hometown girlfriend Jane, he vows to sneak home during the war to win her back. His best buddy, Mickey Wright, never one to miss out on a wild time, decides to go with him. They must get back to America, change her mind and return to the war without getting caught. The two soldiers end up at the University of Michigan, where they find Jane, now Juniper, and her stunning and passionate new friend Candace, right in the heart of the counter culture and the anti-war movement. During one week in July 1969, while the rest of the world focuses on man s first steps on the moon, Wright and Joiner learn the true meaning of love, honor and commitment..

Year: 2012

Australian Cinema Release Date: N/A

Australian DVD Release Date: 5th December, 2012

Country: United States

Director: Danny Mooney

Screenwriter: Jim Burnstein, Garrett K. Schiff

Cast: Max Adler (Burns), Michael Ellison (Ray), Julian Gant (Franklin), Liam Hemsworth (Mickey Wright), Chris Lowell (Peter), Chase Maser (Sanchez), Gordon Michaels (Captain Sinclair), Chris Newman (Lieutenant Johnson), Teresa Palmer (Candace), Delvon Roe (Isaac), Wyatt Russell (Topher), Lauren Mae Shafer (Meredith), Austin Stowell (Dalton Joiner), Aimee Teegarden (Juniper/Jane), Ricky Wayne (Officer Whiteside)

Runtime: 92 mins

Classification:M

Dave Griffiths’s ‘Love And Honor’ Review:

Dave Griffiths’s ‘Love And Honor’ Review can be found at http://www.helium.com/items/2394733-love-honor-review

Rating: 3/5 Stars

IMDB Rating: Love and Honor (2012) on IMDb