'I Am Soldier'
(Duncan Casey, Lee Charles, Noel Clarke, Philip Desmeules, Joe Egan, et al / DVD / NR / 2014 / Inception Media Group)
Overview: Mickey Tomlinson (Tom Hughes), attempts the most dangerous military entrance known to man: The Special Air Service. This elite group (S.A.S.) is tasked with life threatening missions in the most dangerous places on the planet. With his confidence shaken by the death of his best friend, Mickey must overcome the ultimate physical and mental obstacles, the most evil interrogation possible and a test that pushes he and his friends to the body-breaking limit.
DVD Verdict: In truth, 'I Am Soldier' starts out OK, with a pretty decent depiction of the SAS selection. With some even shot on location in Hereford, UK. But then "Mickey" receives his beret and it's all downhill from there, sadly. Skipping years of following jungle training, arctic training and the such, he is thrown straight into action when Carters team is ordered to take down a terrorist cell, complete with some hand-held nuke/dirty bomb gizmo!
The assault is so unprofessional and, in truth, completely and uninterestingly filmed, that I first thought it must be some kind of training - but no. I was left with a feeling of What just happened? It was like somebody had throw in some action shot by some high-school-YouTube-home-movie-makers at the end after the filming had ceased and it, somehow made it through the distribution process without anyone noticing!
All in all, 'I Am Soldier' is not about anything much and is extremely vague in its direction and lacks closure in some plot elements. The sub-par acting by our leading man, and much of the cast, feels forced and lacks conviction, sorry. Indeed, I had to watch it all the way through just to see if the end was as bad as the beginning, and I was not disappointed! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.