Movie Review: The Beast

Posted: October 29, 2008 in Military, Movie Reviews, Reviews, Soldiers
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Well, this is a bit of a strange one for me, because The Beast (1988) is a very early film about the Soviet war in Afghanistan. It was a great visual help and inspiration for the first part of Special Forces: Soldiers, but … to be honest, it didn’t work for me.

Don’t get me wrong, it was a good story line and well played but most, but what absolutely didn’t work for me is that the chap with the glasses looks so very American to me. I just couldn’t see these guys as Russian. Doesn’t help when you then have two Russian films: Escape from Afghanistan and 9 Rota on the same subject, years later, but by the time I watched The Beast the others were available, so it didn’t come away that favourably.

It’s very well worth watching, though, if you are interested in the subject matter. Also, the War Movie Blog has a really good write-up and review of The Beast up, which tells you more.

Amazon.co.uk: Beast

The Beast on Amazon.com

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