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Essay: How Not to Depict a War Movie

This is what I was trying to say. It wasn't a war movie. It was character exploration.

"Just saw the film. Enjoyed it. I didn’t think it was a war film at all, but a character piece set in a ‘dangerous’ place. The movie is about one person’s need for the clarifying effects of extreme danger to make them steady, to make them sane. This personality is contrasted with three others- one who approaches fear with structure, one who approaches fear with – well, fear- and a poor psychologist who is unaware of danger, and therefore has no appropriate response.

This film could have been done about mountain climbing, free diving, parachuting, swimming with great white sharks, etc. It is about personality in the face of danger, the assessment of risk, the execution of tasks, the relationship to fear. If you think it is a war movie, you missed the movie."

— Shoshon

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