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Review on Netflix War Drama "The Outpost"

Ryan Beltran

Posted on October 24, 2020 06:12

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"The Outpost" (2020) directed by Rod Lurie has been rising on Netflix the last couple of weeks and provides a good quality war action film for those who seek to watch.

If you're looking for some action on Netflix,  “The Outpost” (2020) might be able to fill your criteria.

Based on a true story from the 2012 non-fiction book The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor by Jake Tapper, the film centers around the Battle of Kamdesh in the war in Afghanistan, which was one of the bloodiest battles in the War in Afghanistan.

Undermanned and pinned down dead center, surrounded by the Hindu Kush Mountains near in the parts eastern Afghanistan, the outpost, which was later renamed “Combat Outpost Keating” was highly susceptible to regular Taliban attacks. The film follows the 53 men who stood ground in the outpost near the town of “Kamdesh”, showcasing their struggle from countless threats from Taliban insurgents to the complicated struggle to survive in the entrenched military fortress in the middle of nowhere.  

The war drama doesn’t have the biggest name actors with Orlando Bloom and Clint Eastwood’s son, Scott Eastwood headlining the film; but director Rod Lurie does a good job with the lesser-known cast.

Even with the lack of big names, the cast enacts a great portrayal of the real-life camaraderie between the soldiers they portray during their service. 

Outside maybe the slow pace of the movie and some acting mishaps, “The Outpost” offers a really well-rounded portrayal of the events before and leading to the bloody battle.

The first part of the film really dials into the relationships between the soldiers at the command post, the dangers they face on a daily basis, and the struggle to keep good relations with the Afghan locals in the region to keep both sides from escalating into more violence from the Taliban.

After the first half of developing the story to the big lead up to the film, the pace of the film takes a 180 and the film turns into a very eventful straight 40 minutes of climatic fighting depicting the infamous Battle of Kamdesh.

The last part of the film is where many action enthusiasts will appreciate a lot of the battle scenes and is arguably the most exciting part in which Lurie does a solid job in portraying the intense battle the soldiers took part in and the acts of courage the soldiers had to endure during the battle.

The best war films I have watched have usually had this authenticity to the battle scenes and military life that makes it feel much more realistic. Lurie really delivered in this regard from the writing, acting, and action sequences, and his attention to detail should be deeply appreciated by all kinds of viewers.

Overall, “The Outpost” is a good balance of drama and action that can excite audiences if they can tolerate a bit of developing story plots throughout the film.

The film's ability to try to display a well-executed portrayal of the true events is apparent throughout and Lurie directs with deep respect to the men who served at Combat Outpost Keating.

Ryan Beltran

Posted on October 24, 2020 06:12

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Source: LA Times

"The Outpost," directed by Rod Lurie and based on the book by Jake Tapper, depicts 2009's Battle of Kamdesh in Afghanistan.

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