Rent A War (2015)

3.5 of 5 from 236 ratings
1h 51min
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Synopsis:
Company commander Claus Pedersen (Pilou Asbæk) and his men are stationed in an Afghan province. Meanwhile, back in Denmark, Claus' wife Maria (Tuva Novotny) is trying to hold everyday life together with a husband at war and three children missing their father. During a routine mission, the soldiers are caught in heavy crossfire and in order to save his men, Claus makes a fateful decision that leads to a tragedy that could seriously affect his military career and family life.
Actors:
, , , , , , , Jakob Frølund, Phillip Sem Dambæk
Directors:
Writers:
Tobias Lindholm
Aka:
Krigen
Studio:
StudioCanal
Genres:
Drama
Countries:
Denmark, Drama
BBFC:
Release Date:
09/05/2016
Run Time:
111 minutes
Languages:
Danish
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
BBFC:
Release Date:
09/05/2016
Run Time:
115 minutes
Languages:
Danish
Subtitles:
English
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B

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Reviews (2) of A War

Dour TV fare - A War review by Alphaville

Spoiler Alert
14/05/2016

If you like your cinema to show some style, give this a body swerve. Grainy, hand-held, fly-on-the-wall, documentary-style filming with no soundtrack music makes this portentously-titled film hard to like. Some enthusiastic reviewers have mistaken its lack of style for intensity. Don’t trust them.

The action switches between soldiering in Afghanistan and a soapy family back home in Sweden before spending the second half of the film in Sweden after the soldiers come home. It’s all very heartfelt and well-intentioned and tackles serious issues about the morality of modern warfare, but the in-your-face approach has been done many times before and alienates rather than involves the viewer, making it difficult to empathise with the characters and their situation.

Morality-of-war films have been around a long time and the excellent Good Kill shows how it can still be done. Judged purely as a movie, A War is dour anti-cinema. The trailer tells the whole story, but watch it first to avoid disappointment.

3 out of 3 members found this review helpful.

A very good insight into war as it really is - A War review by PJ

Spoiler Alert
06/01/2019

This is a slightly unusual film. It is a Scandinavian war movie about Afghanistan. This is not that common.

There is some fighting in it, but not so much. Quickly, the movie goes into a different mode, asking uncomfortable questions: what is a just war? What is a good decision in such extreme situations? Who is guilty and who isn't? What would you have done? There are no easy answers. There are bad ones, and very bad ones.

The film is a bit slow and a bit ponderous, once removed from the battlefield, but the tension is ever-present and feels real.

This is not a Hollywood spectacular. It feels more like a documentary. For this very reason, I would certainly recommend it. It will change your perception of war and army life, unless you are familiar with both.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

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