With Shane West, Leonard Roberts, Mercedes Masöhn, J.K. Simmons, Theo Rossi, Noel Gugliemi, Brendan Miller

Written by Simon Barrett
Directed by Alex Turner

Set in the war-torn Afghanistan, a US military unit is sent on a mission to secure a road used by Taliban / Al Queda fighters to transport munitions. On their way they encounter an ancient statue carving in a secluded cove, which one of them destroys by shooting at it. This unleashes a dark force trapped within the statue. When they set up camp in an abandoned house a woman arrives in a sand storm, and things turn weird. One of the men has constant vision-dreams and soon the troops get picked off one by one.
With its low budget the moviemakers managed to make the best of it and create a military feel with a supernatural twist. Some of the special FX look great (like a torso in a deleted scene), while others (like digital shadows) look a bit cheap. The location and theme is however an interesting one.
Bonus features include a commentary track by director Turner and writer Barrett, as well as a writer’s video diary of the shoot, and a (crap) behind the scenes tour by Noel G (with a super-lame gangsta act), plus deleted scenes.

2 / B
- Paul Blom

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A: Multi-Viewing Potential

B: Could Enjoy A 2nd Look

C: Once Should Suffice

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