BAFTA-nominated "Kajaki" tells the true story of a small army unit stationed at Kajaki Dam in Afghanistan in 2006. One morning a three-man patrol sets out to disable a Taliban roadblock. When one of the patrol detonates a land mine, his fellow soldiers rush to his aid, only to find themselves trapped in an unmarked minefield, a relic of the Russian invasion of the 1980s. With no way out, any movement risks certain injury and possible death. Out of this terrifying day came extraordinary tales of bravery, selflessness and heroism, for comrades who risked their own lives to help each other.
This was drama at its best. I was expecting an action war story but what I got was a film that brought home the true horror of war as experienced by real soldiers. The predicament they found themselves in was truly disturbing and the drama , along with not knowing what was going to happen next , was riveting. Never mind the Hollywood take on war and the gung ho yankees blasting their way to victory with heroes held high , true heroes are soldiers like those depicted in this film. A must see drama as good as any action film.
The best film made about the Afghanistan war
- Kajaki review by PV
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This is a superb film - the best film I have seen about an army facing the travails of the desert in Afghanistan (or Iraq). Better than the Hurt Locker, Green Zone or all the US movies on wars in those desert countries.
Super-realistic with utterly believable dialogue - it shows what can happen to soldiers when things go wrong. Esp with mines...
Based on a true story - watch over the end credits to hear the actual radio dialogue and see what has happened to the men involved in this episode, for which many medals were awarded.
Interestingly, this film was privately funded - no funding from the EU, the lottery or the achingly pc diversity-obsessed BBC (maybe because there are NO women in the film and just one black soldier and a non-pc joke about him said by other soldiers).
This film should have got BBC funding and lottery funding too - instead of the tedious pc drivel they usually fund and inflict on a public who want good films, not pc propaganda shoved down their throats.
A must see for everyone. Watch it and realise how war can never be glorious.
However, Afghanistan was a success as British and other forces stopped that country descending into a Taliban hell and its influence moving south - not to mention stopping Osama's planning terrorist atrocities in the West. Sadly, our support of Islamic fighters against secular dictators in north Africa and Syria has led to the rise of ISIS, who are even worse then the Taliban. Watch this film to realise why our sending ground troops to deal with these barbarians is not an option.