Fans of recent Danish productions will spot a number of familiar faces. Asbæk’s colleagues from Borgen include Soren Malling as a defense attorney and Dar Salim as an army officer, along with Charlotte Munck from Headhunter (2009) and the excellent TV series Anna Pihl (2006-08). I saw the film at a newly opened theater that features the latest in Dolby Atmos audio technology. While I am not usually a fan of such gimmicks, the effect is put to good use here, with the battle scenes’ explosions and gunfire reverberating with a soul shattering power I had never experienced before. One gains a deep appreciation of how difficult it is for soldiers to keep cool heads and make good decisions while immersed in such deafening bedlam. A War breaks no new ground in the genre of modern war movies, but it's highly effective at capturing the enormous demands placed on our fighting men and women and their splintered families back home. And it offers deeper condemnation of those leaders who would dispatch them for frivolous and fraudulent purposes.
Monday, March 7, 2016
The Sublime Thoughts of Bunched Undies