Nicholas Hoult & Henry Cavill in Trailer for Iraq War Film 'Sand Castle'

March 2, 2017
Source: YouTube

Sand Castle Trailer

"No one outside that gate wants you here… So do your job." Netflix has debuted an official trailer for an Iraq war drama titled Sand Castle, from the Brazilian director who last made the cult hit A Wolf at the Door previously. Set in Iraq in 2003 at the very beginning of the Iraq war, the film follows a couple of US soldiers trying to protect a small village that's under attack. The film stars Nicholas Hoult, Henry Cavill, Glen Powell, Logan Marshall-Green, Beau Knapp, Neil Brown Jr., Parker Sawyers, Sam Spruell, Sammy Sheik, and Tommy Flanagan. I'm surprised to see yet another new Gulf War movie, especially with this kind of impressive ensemble cast, considering they seem to be a dime a dozen nowadays. But hopefully there's something unique to this and it's better than it looks at first glance. On Netflix in April.

Here's the first official trailer for Fernando Coimbra's Sand Castle, direct from Netflix's YouTube:

Sand Castle Movie

Set in Iraq in 2003, Sand Castle follows a group of American soldiers in the early days of the second Gulf War. Bearing witness to the heat and the horror is the inexperienced Private Matt Ocre (Nicholas Hoult), who, together with several fellow soldiers, is ordered to the outskirts of Baqubah to repair a water pumping station damaged by U.S. bombs. But, as Ocre discovers, in an atmosphere where resentment and anger fester, trying to win the hearts and minds of the locals is a task fraught with danger. It’s here, in the streets, squares and schools that he discovers the true cost of war. Sand Castle is directed by Brazilian filmmaker Fernando Coimbra, of A Wolf at the Door previously as well as a few episodes of "Narcos". The script is written by Chris Roessner. Netflix releases Coimbra's Sand Castle streaming starting April 21st this spring.

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Trey on Mar 2, 2017


Best way to convince people to watch this is to remove all the reasons why is this happening. A person locked in this situation doesn't have any real perspective except for two of them: either you can't think bigger than what surrounds you or you're making a film. None of them is really interesting since it comes to other people's money and to the waste of your life or of your time ...

shiboleth on Mar 2, 2017


Hahahaha, ok, I apologize. Definitely my fault. Sometimes my English is just trying to follow my complicated thoughts in Croatian, but that just does not work always (it gets better in Croatian, I promise you that). One more time, sorry about it. Anyway, I share your opinion about this one. And I wanted to say that it's becoming harder and harder do see a difference between simulations of war and reality of wars on the film. People making these films are trying too hard with convincing us that we are watching something important while, at the same time, they are just selling us very lousy product or very lousy politics. And that means, we can only lose either our money (consuming a bad product) or even our lives (when we consume bad politics). I hope this is more understandable. Cheers ...

shiboleth on Mar 3, 2017


Phew, I am glad we resolved that. Seriously, Bo, I do like using English and lately I am even trying to extend my expressing in German. Reason for that is that I used to learn German language in my elementary and high school and lately I realized that there are many books not translated in Croatian or even in English and I want to read them. Same goes for other products of culture in that language. And there are also some relatives of mine which are German people (and who don't speak either Croatian or English) so understanding with them is also at stake. And yeah, it's true, I sometimes torment native speaker of some language with my attempts but I consider all that as a vast investment in social, psychological and cultural health that can only bring me and to the others some good things. I am, of course, trying not to be too annoying but I must also say that I meet a lot of native speakers from some language who have a lot of understanding for my struggling with their language. You are, I guess, one of those good ones. So cool (and as such, expected) reaction from you, which I am thankful for. As for the film; yeah we have pretty clear understanding about that. So, no need to waste more time about its disqualifications. Let's wait for better ones. Cheers Bo ...

shiboleth on Mar 3, 2017


Meh...looks too much like JARHEAD.

DAVIDPD on Mar 2, 2017

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