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Underrated Manly Movies: Part VIII – ManlyMovie

Underrated Manly Movies: Part VIII

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SAND CASTLE (2017)

Earlier in the year I was doing the usual ‘bored Netflix browse’ thing and came across the movie Sand Castle.  It’s a movie set during the Iraq invasion and the fledgling occupation.  I avoided this movie because of the IMDb rating and the usual other metrics that appear at the top of Google (Ebert’s site gave it 1.5/5).

Anyway I circled back to it and gave it a chance and would deem it ‘underrated’.  I’d say it’s worth one watch.

I mean it has some slow points, but decent battles, some of which catch you off-guard.  People are shitting on the movie for being too formulaic and even jingoistic.  But I often find people who dislike war movies for being ‘formulaic’ generally don’t like watching them to begin with.

I don’t get why they don’t make more Iraq invasion movies (probably political).  I mean it featured some heavy duty conventional combat, contrary to popular belief.  Henry Cavill looks alpha as fuck in this movie, pity he isn’t used more in it though…

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  • Avenging force

    My all time favourite movie is jaws so great to see Roy sheider in any list.

    • Eric Hutchison

      Roy Scheider, in my opinion, was one of the most underrated actors of all time. I don’t know if it was that he didn’t have Hollywood looks, or that the Jaws stigma stuck with him, but he was a damn good actor.

      • Avenging force

        Agree great in marathon man,French connection and many others

        • David Barber

          Check out Last Embrace, Blue Thunder and 52 Pick Up. Also great in Cohen & Tate.

          • Avenging force

            Love blue thunder great soundtrack as well

          • David Barber

            Tried getting it on amazon but it was about £100-£300!

          • Avenging force

            Fuck you could probably buy the real blue thunder for that now😂

  • ColonelBobi

    I saw Sandcastle recently when bored and browsing Netflix one afternoon. It was as you wrote, not bad but a little slow at times and didn’t use Cavill enough. The Silent Partner is a classic I never thought i’d like because I can’t stand Gould’s schtick. 52 Pickup is a better book than a movie but well worth a watch just for Scheider.

  • Mucho Macho