More than a decade later, the nation is still feeling the repercussions of the war in Iraq, particularly as Donald Trump looks to drastically redraw foreign policy. And the themes of American intervention and winning the trust of ordinary citizens in the countries they occupy will to resonate a bit more loudly in Netflix‘s upcoming “Sand Castle.”
The film stars Henry Cavill, Nicholas Hoult, and Logan Marshall-Green, and follows a group of young soldiers who encounter more than they bargain for when they are sent on a mission in the midst of the Iraq war. Here’s the official synopsis:
Set in Iraq in 2003, Sand Castle follows a group of American soldiers in the early days of the second Gulf War. Bearing witness to the heat and the horror is the inexperienced Private Matt Ocre (Nicholas Hoult), who together with several fellow soldiers is ordered to the outskirts of Baqubah to repair a water pumping station damaged by U.S. bombs. But as Ocre discovers, in an atmosphere where resentment and anger fester, trying to win the hearts and minds of the locals is a task fraught with danger. It’s here, in the streets, squares and schools that he discovers the true cost of war.
“Sand Castle” arrives on Netflix on April 21st.