The next review is going to be a tribute to Oliver Platt. Why? Why not. I think we’ll start with Diggstown (co-staring James Woods), then move into a lesser known Platt flick, Liberty Stand Still and I am still deciding on the third movie so if you have any suggestions feel free to let me know.
Monthly Archives: February 2010
Bravo 20 is a little known English film, based on a true story, about an elite group of special air services commandos, who are dropped behind enemy lines, and eventually captured by the Iraqi soldiers where they faced disgusting, profane torture and humiliation.
The very beginning of the movie consists of the team, which was composed of eigh seven men (only 5 of which returned), planning their mission which is to cut communication cables connecting the Iraqi SCUD missile system. However, they are discovered by a young boy who gives away their position they could have easily and silently shot and never would have been exposed and captured by the Iraqi army. After a relatively few number of skirmishes with their Iraqi pursuers but are eventually caught and this is when the movie really begins.
There are held in the Iraqi secret police prison where they are starved, beaten and endlessly interrogated by enemy soldiers and police. As time goes on, their jailers get to know them and little better and begin asking them for help in getting out of their country and going to (preferably) America. While the Iraqi guards are trying to convince them to help get them out of their own country, the men of Bravo 20 are still forced to do foul things. For example, after they dump out there their “bathroom” buckets, they are made to lick their hands clean regardless of the amount of human waste dirtying them.
I must admit, these guys were pretty tough to have survived, much less with any sanity left after spending years in that hellhole. In the last scene, Andy McNabb (the unit’s leader) is seen walking back to his flat in Britain where says that he is a soldier and proud of his profession. He also understood that the enemy had a job to do as well, but most of them seemed to enjoy it a little too much. The last line in the movie Andy confesses hat “if I met any of them in street tomorrow and thought he could get away with it I would slaughter them.” In my opinion a natural reaction after having gone through their ordeal.
If you can find this BBC production watch it.