Raindance – The Patrol
The first feature film about the 4th Anglo-Afghan war. I thought this would be my film of the year. Beautifully shot in the high Sahara of Morocco. Brilliantly acted with some outstanding performances from a young British cast. The portrayal of a Taliban ambush and the soldiers heroic defence was brilliant. It really caught the terror and emotions they felt.
Technically good, shot well, lit well. Loved the creative use of depth of field and chiaroscuro to really highlight the characters.
But, what was that ending? The story was brilliant and then the ending ruined it. Tommy Atkins is many things but the cowardice portrayed was unforgiveable. A full patrol in mutiny? A story ruined.