Saturday, November 7, 2015

Hyena Road: Tuesday, October 13 2015

Hyena Road is a Canadian film about the Canadian Forces in Afghanistan. Directed, written, and starring Paul Gross as Captain Pete Mitchell, it is a realistic look at what is happening there. Not a pretty picture!

Rossif Sutherland, a son of Donald Sutherland, as Warrant Officer Ryan Sanders, is, as would be expected, excellent in the role. Neamat Arghandabi is totally believable as The Ghost.

Everything about this film is good: the acting; the direction; the script; the cinematography. It is understated, as one would expect of a Canadian production, and this makes everything seem to real. We see the lack of understanding of the ordinary soldier as to why he is doing what he is doing, and the heroism with which he follows orders and carries out his training. He knows he is fighting for his country, and that is enough to motivate him to do great things. In this case, ensure the building of Hyena Road to link the western edge of Panjwaii with Kandahar City.

I was left with a feeling of pride in the Canadian Military Forces and great admiration for their courage and heroism. Quietly and reliably, they performed their roles and achieved their goals.

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