Nutshell Review: The Outpost
PG Score: 7.75/10
The Outpost was really good. Based on true events, it is a powerful war epic about a small team of U.S. soldiers defending an extremely impractical outpost against hundreds of Taliban combatants. The valley location and layout is a tactical nightmare as the swarms of enemy militia have the high-ground advantage and can use their large numbers to reign literal hell down on the good guys. It’s a truly inspiring tale of bravery as this small group battles seemingly insurmountable odds to defend their position.
Some of the acting and dialogue are a bit questionable, but for the most part, this is a high-octane, patriotic shot to the arm. It’s on from the word “go“ and there is virtually no build-up time before the bullets start flying. The better part of the last hour of the two-hour runtime is non-stop. It’s an adrenaline-fueled flick, but never goes over the top to glamorize anything.
You can tell the filmmakers went the extra mile to maintain historical accuracy in The Outpost. It is a fine example of managing to portray true events while really keeping it action-packed throughout. I liked that during the credits they had interviews with the real soldiers who were there (one guy even played himself in the movie, how cool is that?!) and they added some information about the actual battle, terrain, fellow soldiers and their joint history, etc.
Also worth noting; the banter between the soldiers was pretty entertaining throughout, minus a few exchanges that felt off. Orlando Bloom and Scott Eastwood (yes, Clint’s son) were both good in their respective roles. The main standout, however, is Caleb Landry Jones, who delivers a powerhouse, emotional performance. I highly recommend The Outpost.
PG Score: 7.75/10
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