The Good Soldier (2010) – By Brian Morton

They say that war is a young man’s game, and that’s mostly because old guys either know better, or are just too tired to fight. In a new British film, The Good Soldier, we see a man go from gung-ho to a more realistic view of soldiers and war…and it’s something that everyone needs to see.

When we first meet Sean Roberts, he’s a young idealistic man. He sees that injustices of the government and feels that something needs to be done about it. A civil war is brewing and Sean feels that it’s about time, despite being counseled by his older work-mate that war isn’t exactly what he thinks it is. Well, Sean joins up anyway and soon finds himself fighting for his beliefs on the battlefield, even after his platoon takes part in some questionable action. Sean is so successful as a soldier that he’s soon promoted to intelligence, where he’s assigned to question captured ‘terrorists’ for information. Sean excels at this too! But, soon Sean finds himself weary of the fighting, and, when he’s assigned a task that he finds personally abhorrent, he begins to reevaluate his entire way of thinking about war in general.

The Good Soldier is an amazing indie movie, writer/director Mike Maroney makes the most of what he has, battle scenes are great, and, unlike other indie war movies I’ve seen, the use of weapons and equipment seems very realistic. The Good Soldier is a story that, sadly, could actually happen, even in this day and age. I’m giving The Good Soldier 4 out of 4 cigars, it’s an indie movie that’s more than worth the price of admission, and I can’t wait to see what Mr. Maroney does next. You can grab a copy of The Good Soldier for yourself by clicking here.