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Kajaki (2014)

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Kajaki Dam 2006. A company of young British soldiers encounter an unexpected, terrifying enemy. A dried-out river bed, and under every step the possibility of an anti-personnel mine. A mine that could cost you your leg - or your life.

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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 4 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Mark Wright
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Tug Hartley
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Stu Pearson
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Stu Hale
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Jonesy
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Andy Barlow
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Smudge
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Dave Prosser
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Jay Davis
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Jarhead
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Alex Craig
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Faz Farrell
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Luke Mauro
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Snoop
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Spud McMellon

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In September 2006, a 3 man patrol of Paras sets off from their outpost overlooking Kajaki Dam in southern Afghanistan, to engage the Taliban. As they make their way across a dried out river bed one of them steps on a mine left from the Russian occupation some 25 years before. His colleagues rush to his aid only to find they are surrounded by mines and every move threatens serious injury or death. Written by Andrew de Lotbiniere

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A film about bravery, courage, heroism and the ultimate sacrifice.


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Rated R for disturbing and graphic depiction of war injuries, and for pervasive language | See all certifications »

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Kilo Two Bravo  »

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'Bry Budd' refers to 'Bryan Budd', a corporal in 3 PARA. As mentioned in the film, he was killed while on active service during Operation Herrick in Afghanistan. He was subsequently award the Victoria Cross. See more »

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When the initial patrol approach the minefield, an SA80 rifle is seen with both the SUSAT sight fitted and the Iron Sights Fore Sight also fitted. This is incorrect, if the rifle has a SUSAT sight, the Iron Sight Fore Sight is always removed. See more »

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The initial credits show photos of the actors and recent photos of the characters they played, as well as giving brief detail of their lives after the action in the film, as well as mentioning gallantry medals received. See more »

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References Coronation Street (1960) See more »

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You Can Have It All
Written by Nick Hodgson (as Hodgson) / Ricky Wilson (as Wilson) / Simon Rix (as Rix) / Nick Baines (as Baines) / Andrew White (as White)
Published by Imagem Music
Performed by Kaiser Chiefs
Courtesy of Polydor UK Ltd
Under license from Universal Music Operations Ltd
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A thrilling, intense modern war film based on real events
26 November 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I was privileged to attend one of four UK regional charity premieres on Tuesday 25 November ahead of the UK general release at VUE Cinemas on Friday 28 November. Each premiere was located in or near the home town of one the soldiers portrayed in the film such that family and friends could attend, and where possible, the actual people portrayed on- screen too. Bristol is the home town of Stu Hale who was portrayed on- screen by Benjamin O'Mahony. Stu was present at the screening and answered questions with the cast and crew at the Q&A afterwards. A portion of all the ticket sales across the UK goes directly to charities supporting returning servicemen and servicewomen. This all speaks to the very special nature of this film. In his introduction before the screening, director Paul Katis described it as a modern war film. It is indeed, and it takes an honourably neutral view of the conflict. At its heart this is the true story of a group of extremely brave men facing a difficult situation.

The action takes place back in September 2006 in Afghanistan where a British army unit is responsible for the security at a key dam, which when fully commissioned, will provide hydroelectric power. Unbeknownst to them, the area is also home to a minefield left-over from the Soviet invasion in 1979/80. On a routine security patrol some of the unit find themselves trapped in the minefield when one of them is seriously injured after stepping upon a mine. Over the course of the film we get to learn more about the characters and see many examples of extraordinary bravery, all of which actually happened.

This is powerful storytelling and writer Tom Williams has crafted a screenplay which reflects the truth and helps the audience understand the complexities of the situation. It walks the difficult line between intense and life-threatening action vs. the humour which people can use as a coping mechanism in such situations. Director Paul Katis holds nothing back and the full horrors of war are on display here, including some graphic injuries. This is all done in a non-gratuitous way and is part of the brutal and uncomfortable honesty of the events.

I, along with the rest of the audience, sat on the edge of my seat and there are several moments of shocking surprise throughout this tense thriller. This is a film worth going to see in cinemas with an audience and at my screening several spontaneous rounds of applause broke out at key moments in the end credits. Highly recommended.


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