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Fernando Coimbra’s Sand Castle takes place during that brief post-9/11 period when George W. Bush actually had high approval ratings and the Iraq War was still largely considered to be legitimate. Rather than reassessing the methodology of or reasons behind the U.S. military presence in Iraq, the film hides behind the guise of realism while subtly asserting that occupation would run smoother if the occupier and the occupied were in complete cooperation. The film operates with an unspoken sanctioning of American authority as it casually suggests that peace can only truly be achieved if all sides work within the strict confines of military dictated protocol.
Sand Castle unfolds through the eyes of a cherubic young private, Matt Ocre (Nicholas Hoult), who only signed up for the reserves in order to pay for college. After unsuccessfully attempting to get sent home by smashing his hand with a truck door, he gradually transforms into a more reputable solider and gains the respect of his peers and squad leader, Sergeant Harper (Logan Marshall-Green). Three months later, Harper, Matt, and others from their outfit, including Sergeants Chutsky (Glen Powell), Enzo (Neil Brown Jr.), and Burton (Beau Knapp), are reassigned to the small village of Baqubah, on the outskirts of Baghdad, where they assist in repairing a water-pumping station that was destroyed by a U.S. missile during a recent attack.
It’s there that Matt is greeted by Syverson (Henry Cavill), an imposing Special Forces captain who warns the group that many townspeople, particularly a group of extremist insurgents intent on picking off U.S. soldiers, are displeased with the occupation. Because the filmmakers only allow for a single passing mention of our country’s responsibility for the town’s lack of water, the Iraqi’s resistance to the U.S. presence is barely contextualized. The film immediately allies itself with Matt and his fellow soldiers, commending them for the brave and selfless act of helping to restore the town to normalcy. Coimbra’s instinct to sympathize with the plight of these young men who simply want to help the townspeople, and without being shot at, is certainty understandable. But while Sand Castle highlights the moral complexity of the soldiers’ various reactions to their increasingly volatile situation, the Iraqis are entirely painted in broad strokes. Only the most simplistic binaries—violent and rebellious, meek and disaffected—are applied to them.
Original title Sand Castle
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