VT: We received an early screener copy of this film from Fathom Events and Brainstorm Media. There are only two ways to go with war films, and we aren’t talking ‘slaughter-fests’ or whiney peace films.
You either have a big budget with tons of CGI action or not. This one is small screen action, but a clear level above the majority of made for media releases, the new category now that the CD is dead.
What is important, however, is that the feel of war is there, the acting credible and that ‘message,’ such as it is, is wrapped in an environment that is entertaining, not just ‘tolerable.’ ‘Recon’ survives this test.
Minor spoiler warning
The idea of the story? World War II, after the landings in Italy, a small US army unit. They come across a donkey cart and two of them get clipped by a German officer. They get him then their Sgt. guns down his girl friend. This is an indication of some godly retribution and, yes a bit of whining as well.
Then an Italian shows up, its Franco Nero, for most of us who are old enough to supposedly be living in terror of the COVID, this to us means Sir Lancelot from the real version of Camelot.
Nero is at best ‘wooden.’ Too bad, but come to think of it, he was all ‘pretty face’ anyway but he still looks good, perhaps he is a vampire?
The story itself moves into a 2nd patrol and a poorly considered reconnaissance mission. For folks who actually do this stuff, I am one of those, there isn’t a single iota of evidence anyone in this film had a second of military training.
This would be a ‘shitbird’ unit.
Then it’s the snipers…