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Why ‘Sand Castle’ Isn’t The Iraq War Film We Hoped It Would Be

Chris Roessner enlisted in the Army during the summer of 2001 to cover the cost of his future education. After a deployment to Iraq, Roessner returned home, jaded from his time with the 4th Infantry Division attached to a civil affairs unit. He put those experiences on paper in the form of the script that would go on to become “Sandcastle,” a 2017 Netflix film about an Army unit responsible for restoring water in a small Iraqi village during the war.

While trying to capture the mundane realities of conflict and the complex relationships that exist between local communities and the military, the plot falls a bit flat. Tune in and hear what Patrick, Adam, and guest host AJ think and hear Adam’s newest rating system.

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