Just got home from seeing this (finally) and wow, what a powerful and difficult movie to watch. Wahlberg and Ben Foster are absolutely at the top of their game. Fantastic pacing and stunning cinematography. I really enjoyed the post film facts about the village and as an avid shooter enjoyed watching a film portraying combat with some respect to proper weapon handling and manipulation. This was actually more graphic than I expected (if that is possible) and difficult to watch at times but again, a very powerful film and a must own IMO.
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Originally Posted by Mr. Hanky
Isn't it already explained that by going that route, the goat herders would likely end up dead from freezing or eaten by wolves? Might as well just shoot them or cut them right on the spot. Either way, that can't be described as appropriate treatment of "civilians" no matter how you slice it, right?
That's the core to the whole plot, isn't it?...something goes South no matter which way they choose. So what do they choose, who accepts the burden, and how is the cost paid?...
At least tie up the trouble maker and let the slow elderly and kid help him down hill or go get help at a slower speed. Or even take them with you until you can get a signal instead of letting that little mountain goat mofo bring the anvil down on your head before you can even get the damn call out.
Bottom line is when half your team is advocating the extreme and things are about to boil over you have to make a call before it escalates beyond the options. It's easy for us to sit at a computer screen and call it how we would have done it but shyte don't go down like that when the time comes.