By: Nazia Adnin
It is based on journalist Michael Hastings’ The Operators: The Wild & Terrifying inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan. The film’s original score is created by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis. The film was released on 26th of May on Netflix and was opened in Cannes film festival with mixed reviews.
The movie is insistent tonally but it portrays the complete confusion that must have dominated days in which Obama was sending troops over to Afghanistan and telling the country at the same time that the war would be over soon. Subsequently, the soldiers who were sent to Afghanistan were very confused about this war.
Glen was defeated by the system which once he helped create. Brad Pitt’s performance does not allow the audience to forget that “it is a performance.” There was still room to develop his character.
Michod tried to replicate the war time bureaucracy and confusion in the film. Glen’s character also represents that confusion who tries to find validation and support throughout the film. A conversation between a soldier and Glen shows that Glen is a leader with nowhere to lead people. Glenimal never gets the job done. Sir Ben Kingsley’s character as president Karzai demonstrated the trophy president and political role during war time.
I will give this film a 6 out of 10. Movie run time is 120 minutes.