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Boots on the Ground (2017) – Movie Review

Boots on the Ground (2017) - Movie Review

Got another British Found Footage offering for you today, so I’ll try my best not to be overly-biased…which is gonna be pretty hard because I quite enjoyed this film!

Anyway, it’s another ‘stumble-upon-streaming-site’ episode for me – I discovered this late at night after watching that new Winchester movie (which was actually quite good as well!).

Let’s get into it…

The Plot

The story of five British soldiers trying to stay alive on the last night of the Afghan War, facing not just the Taliban, but also supernatural forces more terrifying than anything they’ve encountered before.

Not a Generic Found Footage Project

No it was not!!!

The film is shot through several army helmet cams, or a sort of ‘military GoPro’ setup (if you like!). This immediately gives the movie a free range in the POV setup – it is shot through various eye-level vantage points from each character.

This does a great job of ridding the film of that question that keeps popping up in this genre, time and time again…

“Why are you filming this? Drop the camera and RUN you fucktard!”

Everything shot in the movie therefore has a reason for being there – makes a pleasant change really!

I also found this form of footage much like a Playstation (or Xbox!) game – it throws you into the heart of the action with a torchlight-loaded gun.

There were numerous scenes where this filmmaking ‘perk’ worked really well, and provided a great deal of tension.

Conclusion

All this inventive and adventurous footage could easily of gone south if the actors were not up to scratch – thankfully they did a great job.

To be brutally honest, it would be wrong to single any one of them out – they all have scenes where they are allowed to shine, and they do just that.

I was also quite impressed by the paranormal side of the movie, specifically – the CGI and special effects.

At first I thought it was going to be one of those Found Footage expeditions that relies on off-screen horrors, due to a low overall budget.

Happily, this was not the case, and as the movie progresses we get more and more ‘jump scare’ scenes with pretty impressive ‘entities’.

Director/writer, Louis Melville, has also pushed the boat out a bit with regards to the plot. I don’t want to give away too many spoilers – but it gets a lot deeper than it first appears to be.

The last element that really sealed the deal for me was the location. I’m 99.9% sure that it isn’t in Afghanistan…but it’s murky darkness is absolutely perfect for a Found Footage film.

Over the last few years, British-based Found Footage has been unique, fresh and interesting – Boots on the Ground keeps this trend heading in the correct direction.

I may well have my ‘biased hat’ on – but I really did quite enjoy this one. I had heard nothing about it beforehand and I wasn’t 100% sure it was a Found Footage movie until I pressed play and watched the first scene!

Interesting, tense, atmospheric, with decent actors and an adventurous plot.

Definitely worth a go!

Chris

2 Comments

  1. This was an awesome movie, personally thought the entities were a little dumb but the plot is interesting enough to look past. Love that the story is told from every soldier’s perspective. Good find and thanks for sharing!

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