Netflix hasn’t just stepped up their film game lately, they’re a major player in the business now. We know how strong their original series’ are, but now, their original films are beginning to get on same level. It seems like the streaming company is kicking out something new each week, with this being Sand Castle.
Starring Henry Cavill and Nicholas Hoult, Sand Castle is set in Iraq in 2003 and follows a group of American soldiers in the early days of the second Gulf War. For unknown reasons, I’m really looking forward to checking this out this weekend. And I mean it when I say I have no idea why. I can’t pinpoint exactly what it is, but I’m excited for it. Could it be the trailers that make it look so good? Or maybe the cast involved? Or possibly the fact that it’s a war film, which is easily one of my go-to genres when it comes to film. Either way, whichever one it is, Sand Castle looks like a strong and very different kind of war film. it isn’t the big budget release following a turning point in the war, it isn’t following a true story hero, or any of that. Rather, it’s telling a contained story and if all stays the course with Netflix, it will be a great character piece, as much of their content is.
Check out the pair of new clips below and after doing so, give me your thoughts in the comments. Have you seen the trailer? What do you think of it? Will you be giving it a watch when it begins streaming this Friday? Sand Castle hits streaming this weekend on April 21st, 2017 and stars Henry Cavill, Nicholas Hoult, Glenn Powell, Beau Knapp, and Logan Marshall-Green.
Set in Iraq in 2003, Sand Castle follows a group of American soldiers in the early days of the second Gulf War. Bearing witness to the heat and the horror is the inexperienced Private Matt Ocre (Nicholas Hoult), who together with several fellow soldiers is ordered to the outskirts of Baqubah to repair a water pumping station damaged by U.S. bombs. But as Ocre discovers, in an atmosphere where resentment and anger fester, trying to win the hearts and minds of the locals is a task fraught with danger. It’s here, in the streets, squares and schools that he discovers the true cost of war.