Danger Close is a thrilling and heartbreaking depiction of a heroic battle within an unpopular war, the Vietnam War.
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This war movie brings the intensity back to the screen with a brilliant technical achievement in cinemaphotography.
The film is taken from true events about the men in the thick of it with only one hope and that is survival.
The acting is brilliantly achieved and the film’s intense storytelling comes from prolific Australian director Kriv Stenders (Red Dog). Danger Close, originally titled Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan honors the 1st Australian Task Force, namely 108 soldiers who took on 2,500 Vietcong in an intense firefight and won.
What The Film Is About:
It’s about the men who fought strong stood by one another with only one thing between them, trust. Danger Close is a great war movie that equally matches the likes of Gallipoli and Kokoda. Not until now do moviegoers get to be immersed in the fight during wartime.
Danger Close tackles the true events of the war from the battle in South Vietnam in 1966. Right from the beginning moviegoers witness 1 ATF are bombarded by VC mortars. Next, Major Henry Smith (Travis Fimmel) is given orders by Colonel Colin Townsend (Anthony Hayes) and Brigadier David Jackson (Richard Roxburgh) to lead his Delta Company in a search for the Vietcong forces. Things quickly go left and Sergeant Bob Buick (Luck Bracey) and rebellious Private Paul Large (Daniel Webber) are in the rubber plantation near Long Tan. The D Company are pinned in with an onslaught of artillery. And to make matters worse they’re stuck in monsoon-like conditions and running low of ammunition. Their only option is to find a way back to safety, fight and survive.
Our Views On Danger Close:
The movie is intense and keeps you on the edge as director Stenders keep moviegoers engaged. The content matter of the film is gripping and transfixing. The engrossing imagery is achieved by the ingenious team behind the films incredible storytelling; Sam Hobbs (Little Monsters), editor Veronika Jenet (Snowtown), cinematographer Ben Nott (Predestination). From the cracking visual, special and sound effects, the story of war is brought to life in riveting and extreme visuals.
Overall, we loved this movie and war movies have become our least favorite films to watch because they are so depressing. This film really makes you feel the struggle, the intensity, worry and fear of wartime. It is a reminder that we NEVER want to be in another war again.
What We Learned About Danger Close:
We learned that the Australian government refused to acknowledge this event ever took place. And by the end of the film, there are two statistics we are reminded of: 18 1ATF soldiers killed in action in this story of the Vietnam War.