The Outpost

Director: Rod Lurie
Year Released: 2020
Rating: 2.5

In 2009, during the (still on-going) Occupation of Afghanistan, U.S. troops in Nuristan Province find themselves under attack from the Taliban on all sides because their base (Combat Outpost Keating) is in the worst possible strategic spot - as a result of the battle, two men, Staff Sergeants Romesha (Scott Eastwood) and Carter (Caleb Landry Jones) were awarded the Medal of Honor.  It's a movie in two halves: the first is almost like a horror movie in which moments of calm are punctuated by extreme violence (the men keep losing their executive officers) while the second is the attempted siege itself, a tense battle with a you-are-there active camera presence ... and yet there's a sad emptiness to the project, which fails to distinguish the men from each other (only the Crispin Glover-esque Jones truly stands out) and the effort to avoid being political means not asking who in their right mind would put our men in definite harm's way.  As an act of heroism, the troops should be praised ... but the decision-makers out there need to be held accountable.  Oh, and to answer the question that keeps getting thrown around: if pressed, I'm just going with Jude Law.