I’m a Korean War veteran but never got out of the States. The closest I got to “combat” was mock combat maneuvers in the Louisiana swamps. All very mundane. All quite simple.
During the 1950’s and 60’s when John Wayne, Kirk Douglas, Robert Mitchum and others were making war movies, we saw real battles depicted such as D-Day, Iwo Jima and the Battle of the Bulge. We saw fox holes and battle lines with good guys on one side and bad guys on the other.
Now we come to more up to date wars. The wars of the 2000’s and 2010’s are definitely different. Battle lines are blurred, we have building to building fighting among non-uniformed bad guys, civilians, women and children. Who do you shoot and who do you not?
Netflix has made Sand Castle, an Iraq war film in the later mode depicting a platoon of US soldiers sent on a mission to fix a broken water system for a small town whose inhabitants couldn’t figure out whether to thank the GI’s or shoot them. A little of both.
Exciting, refreshing, different, intriguing, and entirely satisfying. A five star “Yes.”