Lovers of war cinema might forgive the film’s flaws and be thrilled by Hussian’s visuals, but its characters are too paper-thin to compel our emotional engagement beyond casual interest.
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Paul Gross situates the film's events somewhere between violent, militaristic fantasy and gentler, anti-war lament.
Refreshingly free of jingoism, that detachment unfortunately winds up working against the movie, which doesn’t engage emotionally.
This is the kind of movie where a major development in a character’s personal life instantly telegraphs his ultimate fate in the trenches.
Geopolitical speculation aside, Gross makes a persuasive case for the bravery and sacrifice of Canadian troops serving during the Afghanistan conflict.
Its war scenes are plenty thrilling, but the film’s real achievement is its quiet authenticity.
While the attempt at a certain, documentary-style naturalism is honorable, it's at the expense of focused plotting and sufficient character development.
This anti-war movie is more passionate about CB radio communication than the horrors of bloodshed.
Hyena Road may be a bit underwhelming in its action set pieces and storytelling urgency, but its heart is certainly in the right place.