Forbidden Ground (IMDB). A moving movie, set in the first world war. This movie definately is worth your time and attention. The actors, setting and director have managed to create a movie that will move your emotions. Forbidden Ground is not your typical world war movie about heroism and saving the world. Rather it is a movie about giving those who died in the horrors of this war a name and is honoring their sacrifice.
The story is about three soldiers, finding themselves in no man's land after a failed charge at the German trenches. Sgt. Maj. Arthur Wilkins, played by Johan Earl, is part of a regiment under command of his Lieutenant. They are ordered to go over the top by their lieutenant and take the enemy trenches. After a massive blow, Wilkins finds himself in the midst of no man's land. Sgt. Maj. Arthur Wilkins wakes up after a failed push on the German defences. Not much later he finds out he is not the only survivor of the push. He finds Pvt. O'Leary, played by Tim Pocock, laying about in the mud. They make up a plan to find their way back to their own trench. But this doesn't seem to be so easy since both the Germans and British forces soon open fire on them. During their retreat they hear a familiar voice, crying for help. After a short search by Wilkins they find Cpl. Richard Jennings, refered to by the name of Rich and played by Martin Copping. Whom is found badly wounded to his leg. Together they try to find their way back to the British trench, back home.
The beauty of this movie is the story behind these men. Three men, trying to get back home to their loved ones. O'Leary having his mom waiting for him, waiting for his return. Wilkins having his beloved wife Grace, played by Denai Gracie. And Jennings, having his loved one waiting at the homefront. The movie gives a parallel view on the first world war. Showing the struggles of each front. A view on both the emotional and communal impact of the war and a view on the hard reality of war in the trenches. This movie really doesn't show any heroic action, just three men trying to survive the bloody war and go home. That alone, the human nature, makes them true heroes, makes all those who died in that tragic war heroes and to not be forgotten.
Forbidden Grounds shows a realistic view on the war. Unlike many other world war movies I have seen, the move shows no impossible heroic actions. The director Ryan Little cleary did not aim for another movie about the bad guys being defeated by a hand full of good guys. Instead the movie has a focus on the human nature and emotion. Unlike many other world war movies, this movie does not show a lot of action and gore. It are the stories of the main characters that make this movie.
If you expect a lot of action then this is not the movie for you. The movie clearly has no intention to be another action movie about heroes that won the war for our freedom. If you like a good war story, then this is the movie for you. The storytelling of this movie is spot on and will be moving your emotions. Therefore I rate this movie an 8 out of 10. It really is worth your time to watch this beautiful story of three men stuck in no man's land.
Marcel van der Linde (Stormfox)
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