Mike (Armie Hammer) is a sniper and he and Tommy (Tom Cullen) are in the middle of the desert on a mission to assassinate a terrorist. Had Mike not hesitated, had he done his job and not worried that he was about to kill the wrong man, the father of the bride in the middle of a wedding ceremony, the film’s outcome would have been very different and may have been equally as compelling. But this is a different kind of war movie. The soldiers are spotted and everyone starts running and shooting, the chaos complicated by a dust storm and they are left stranded in the middle of a landmine.
Tommy’s efforts the “keep it light” in their dire situation lands him dead-on a mine and he’s blown literally to bits; Mike’s stepped on one too, but his foot is still on it and it hasn’t detonated. Can he stay in that spot long enough to be rescued?
Two days glued to a spot in the desert would mess with you in a myriad of ways, in that heat, with no water, and nightly frigid temperatures complicated by terrifying hyena attacks would be too much for most people. It’s not surprising that Mike starts hallucinating, and with all that time to think, your mind would go in some pretty dark places, as it does with him.
For me, the interesting part of the movie is not the philosophical side, but the physical one. What would it be like to find yourself in this impossible situation, alone with no help on the immediate horizon? Even if you could survive the hunger, thirst, heat, and hyenas, could you survive the madness?
Armie Hammer give a first-class performance in this film that centers completely around him, giving a stunning authenticity to his character and his character’s predicament. Intended life lessons aside, I give Mine an A+ for keeping me on the edge of my seat until the end.