Tagline: The mission was survival.
Genre: War, Drama, History, Action
Director: Rod Lurie
Cast: Scott Eastwood, Caleb Landry Jones, Orlando Bloom, Ernest Cavazos, Taylor John Smith, Cory Hardrict, Milo Gibson, Bobby Lockwood, Jacob Scipio, Jack Kesy, Celina Sinden
Runtime: 123Plot: A small unit of U.S. soldiers, alone at the remote Combat Outpost Keating, located deep in the valley of three mountains in Afghanistan, battles to defend against an overwhelming force of Taliban fighters in a coordinated attack. The Battle of Kamdesh, as it was known, was the bloodiest American engagement of the Afghan War in 2009 and Bravo Troop 3-61 CAV became one of the most decorated units of the 19-year conflict.
Fortunately, Lurie makes the wise decision to not go for an individualized portrait of the men, but, more of a collective one. It's about the troop's actions, not individual ones - although, several acts of bravery are vividly detailed. What really distinguishes the movie is the central battle sequence. Expertly choreographed by West Point graduate Lurie, and edited with precision, the viewer is barraged by the chaotic battle, but, crucially, still able to keep one's bearings. It's a master-class in how to shoot a war scene.
THE OUTPOST is a tough, brutal enterprise. One may miss a better sense of who each individual is, but, it's the totality of the experience is hard to shake.