The stuff of nightmares yet based on real events, a small squad of British paratroopers walk along a dried-up riverbed in Afghanistan in 2006, unaware it’s studded with unseen Russian landmines, buried and forgotten decades before.
One solider is horrifically wounded, then another. The randomness of the explosions keeps tension nearly unbearable amid the wait for rescue in a place where helicopters can’t land and a dropped water bottle could spark carnage.
While first-time director Paul Katis holds nothing back in terms of graphic depictions of the toll from the IEDs, he also tempers the film with the soldiers’ gallows humour and evidence of their camaraderie. These interactions add layers of realism to Kilo Two Bravo, creating an intimate, unforgettable examination of war.