Reviewed by Carlton Rolle
Mine follows two US Marines, Mike (Armie Hammer) and Tommy (Tom Cullen), while they are at war on a mission. During preparation to assassinate a person for the mission, Mike decides not to shoot the target. This causes the mission to be canceled and for gunfire to occur. The group they shot at is pursuing the marines. While getting far enough from immediate danger, Mike and Tommy have to walk across a desert region to rendezvous with their pickup.
With subtle hints, the two marines stumble into a minefield. This is discovered when Tommy steps on a mine getting both of his legs blown off and losing much of his sanity from the pain. While watching Tommy, Mike hears a click and realizes he has stepped on a mine as well. Tommy kills himself just out of arms reach from Mike. This is where Mine takes place for the rest of the movie.
With little water, food, and ammunition, Mike has to keep his left leg on the activated mine while trying to figure out a way to stay alive. With a bit of luck, Mike is able to retrieve his dead partner’s radio. When contacting the military operator, he is told he has to wait 52 hours before someone can come to evacuate him from the area.
In the middle of a war torn desert region stuck on a land mine, Mike has to find a way to stay alive long enough to be rescued. Having no water, food, and being exposed to the elements, Mike must fight against fatigue, sleep deprivation, his enemies, and outside animals.
Several scenes were beautifully filmed and made Mike look like the toughest badass the Marines ever had. This is definitely true when he is in a sand storm and it blew past. Mike swiftly harnessed himself to the ground as best as he could to prevent himself from moving. Other times, Mike battled his inner demons and memories. Viewers earned a bit about his abusive father and parts of his love life.
Sometime in the movie, a Berber (Clint Dyer) from a nearby village comes and interacts with Mike. The Berber uses Mike’s situation as a method to teach life lessons about freedom. I think it adds another level of interaction to the movie, but it doesn’t seem to be much more then that. It’s almost as if the directors used the Berber to justify the mysticism and anything else that can’t be seen.
Mine feels like it is really eager to make a life lesson out of the situation. If placed in that situation, I think many people would learn a lesson and would definitely come out “changed” by it. I felt somewhat cheated at the end of the movie though. Life is a gamble and surely going to fight in war is an even larger one. Not being able to analyze your situation and take the next step is the biggest risk of all. Mine merges military action and death trap movies with philosophical conquest to keep viewers on the edge.
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