An American unit in Afghanistan is sent out to secure a strategic road. They set up shop in an abandoned house where they discover an old statue. They decide to use it for some target practise but have no idea what they’ve gotten themselves into. Later, private Jeff Keller is found back in the Afghan desert, completely confused. As Colonel Arson debriefs the man, he quickly finds out something strange must have happened…
Sound and Vision:
The image nicely fits the movie with some washed off colors. The contrast and shadow detail are good but at times we do see some dirt and scratches on the film.
The 5.1 soundtrack does its job nicely with clear dialogues and good use of the surround channels and subwoofer.
– Audio commentary track
– The Screenwriter Diaries: The Making Of Red Sands
– Red Sands: Set Tour With Noel G
– Deleted scenes
Not many extras but the Making Of is quite interesting. The set tour is especially nice for people who want to check out the obnoxious behaviour of Noel G.
Alex Turner made his debut with the horror movie Dead Birds which we reviewed earlier and found to be pretty decent for a debut. In fact, Dead Birds became somewhat of a cult movie which is always nice. This time he continues within the same universe for Red Sands but changed location to Afghanistan. It’s clear he’s got some more experience in making movies but most characters are rather boring and can’t manage to interest the viewer. Except for the main leads of course. Also the CGI special effects are quite bad and the horror elements tend to be the same over and over again.
So, all in all this second movie by Turner isn’t really bad but saying it’s good would be overdoing it as well. Mediocre and since this isn’t a debut anymore we can’t give him some slack. Better luck next time.