I’ve learned to appreciate character-driven stories. They aren’t for everyone, and they used to not be for me, but if your characters can act as close to real as they are here it can really help you to get lost in their story. These are people who are part of one of the most dangerous jobs in the world, US Army bomb specialists charged with having to disarm IEDs in Iraq. WIth a movie so grounded in reality, it makes us worried for them as they do their job. It makes us grieve for them as things go horribly wrong. This isn’t your typical war movie. Though it is showing heroes as they do noble deeds, you aren’t going to see inspiring moments of heroism. This shows how things really were at that time in Iraq, and probably still is, sadly.
I normally don’t like shaky cam in any movie, but I can forgive it here. It adds to the realism and makes certain parts feel as if you were watching them on the news. I think it does well, but I’m not sure it wouldn’t have been better with normal camera techniques.
I didn’t that it’s a little too melodramatic at certain points. I know that’s common in many dramas, and some might say it adds to the realism, but I feel it’s walking a fine line between realism and overacting when the characters do these scenes in question. Thankfully, it only crosses this line a few times throughout the film and otherwise the acting is great.
Why you should watch it before you die: Because it shows a very realistic, slice-of-a-tough-life story. I think people should watch it if only to see how things were during a dark time in human history.