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Sand Castle (2017)



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A green US Army recruit faces the moral ambiguity of war when his platoon is assigned to build a well in a rural village during the early days of the Iraq War. Their humanitarian efforts exist side-by-side with hatred and slaughter.

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Nicholas Hoult
as Matt Ocre
Henry Cavill
as Captain Syverson
Glen Powell
as Chutsky
Beau Knapp
as Burton
Parker Sawyers
as Sgt. Robinson
Sam Spruell
as Anthony
Sammy Sheik
as Machmoud
Tommy Flanagan
as Sgt. Major MacGregor
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Critic Reviews for Sand Castle

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (5)

Sand Castle does a respectable job of depicting a wretched conflict that none of its participants wanted, but its reason for being feels a little built on sand.

April 23, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

An engaging, gripping fact-based drama starring Nicholas Hoult (Mad Max: Fury Road) as a young machine gunner in the U.S. Marines whose platoon is put in the impossible position of saving an Iraqi village.

April 21, 2017 | Full Review…

Offers too little to the War is Hell genre to be noteworthy.

April 21, 2017 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

It's that paradigm shift of war in the buzzing age of mass media: There is literally nothing more horrific than war, and yet nothing seems to become overfamiliar more quickly through modern media saturation.

April 18, 2017 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Unwittingly perhaps, Sand Castle reveals itself as a microcosm of America's foreign policy in the Middle East.

April 17, 2017 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

While the material isn't necessarily anything new - I thought the movie presented a slightly more interesting view of what when on there.

August 12, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Sand Castle

A protagonist ever so slightly reminiscent of that from The Thin Red Line. While Sand Castle is less pretentiously artsy, it could definitely stand to learn a few things from Red Line about character development.

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