BURN COUNTRY REVIEWED
“Burn Country” finds an Afghan fixer struggling to adjust to his new small town time. While he boards with the local Sheriff, he grows restless. That’s when he makes friends with various citizens and starts building a rapport that leads to new activity. A local handyman is in debt to some crime lords and our Afghan hero starts to see something from his past life. Will he fall into old behaviors?
The movie is almost so good, but it keeps falling into cliche. One of the readers told me that they think this was based on a previous documentary. I’d love to check that out, but I didn’t have the time before having to get this article ready. It feels true, as you can see this arcane level of detail for seemingly trivial things. It’s almost like they want to create a sense of reality, but feel beholden to keeping dramatic tension high.
I’m not sure about all of that, as it feels more like a patterned aesthetic developed by the former documentarian turned narrative director. If you’re hard up for watching material, pick this up to keep a rather flat weekend alive.
- 2.39:1 standard definition transfer
- Dolby Digital 5.1
RELEASE DATE: 2/7/17
The Plot Thus Far
After being exiled from Afghanistan, a former war journalist settles in a small town in Northern California and takes a job with a local newspaper. But when he attempts to cover local crime, he stumbles into local corruption that puts himself and others in danger.