It's obviously a mixture of realistic war-movie with a great deal of metaphysical meaning.
How much is hallucination caused by environmental stresses, and how much is spiritual intervention for this soldier, who's stuck in the desert on a
But isn't that a perfect metaphor for life?
A shamanic journey of sorts (and shamans in many cultures would put themselves under those harsh conditions for vision quests).
Not to mention every write-up or critique I've read over the weeks.
Sure there are some hackneyed elements.
The visions of an alcoholic, abusive father (ditto Hacksaw Ridge and other war movies).
The Bedouin (tribal person) who sprouts endless pearls of wisdom, like a North African Carlos Castaneda.
But is he for real, or a moralistic vision?
Can't help watching this movie repeatedly.
And yeah, I do like the soldier.
If I was strolling thought the desert and saw a soldier like that stuck on a mine, would I boost his morale a little?
For sure, just tell him later, sorry bro, I thought you were a mirage.
No issues, what happens in the desert stays in the desert.
You don't live this man's fifty hours on the mine, but it sure is also an endurance for the audience.
But it's a cinematic endurance I'm willing to repeat.
Is it pro-war or anti-war?
Not simplistic to say at all.
I guess it all depends how much you want to be challenged in life.
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