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Cast: John Rhys-Davies, Marina Sirtis, Heather Peace, Craig Fairbrass, Nathalia Ramos, Mimi Ferrer, Aurélie Bargème, Dhaffer L'Abidine, Kulvinder Ghir, Elaine Tan
British Prime Minister John Hammond (John Rhys-Davies) reveals the location of an elite military unit to the enemy in Afghanistan to ensure an immensely profitable arms sale and his reelection. When the lone survivor of the massacre, SAS Capt. Jill Mandelson (Heather Peace), sets out to expose Hammond's shocking corruption, a deadly cat-and-mouse game ensues as he tries to intercept her.
"31 North 62 East" is a British film that takes the genre in a completely different direction showing the corruption within the Political walls and it does it in fine fashion. As the film opens Britain's Prime Minister is about to announce a a major arms deal but is forced to give away the position of a group of SAS officers believed to have committed a high profile killing in Afghanistan. But when he finds out the unit responsible for the killing is safely aboard their ship he decides to give up another unit but when one member survives the attack a game of cat and mouse begins as she sets out to take down all involved. I know the film received some negative reviews and since it is an Indie film there are flaws in both the writing and even in the acting but for the most part for what it is I thought it did a fine job at telling the story of corruption and lies while keeping a good pace while making sure the audience stays interested and entertained. Once the film got rolling, which didn't take long I was taken in my the premise and I wanted to see how it all would end. Granted there are flaws like I stated before but I did enjoy the story and the use of strong females leads which alone is certainly refreshing. There is more to like here than to dislike and I did like the ending even if it was predictable. The main leads in the film did a fine job including, John Rhys-Davies as British Prime Minister John Hammond and Heather Peace as the SAS Capt. Jill Mandelson hell bent on uncovering the truth.
Certainly an ambitious project which might of needed a bit more time added to it to flesh out a little more of the story and characters but I was never confused or bored by it and in the end I felt it did a nice job of doing what it set out to do. If you like the genre I suggest picking this up, it's not perfect but I think you will have as good a time watching it as I did. You can add the DVD to your Netflix queue or order it HERE.
Released by MTI Home Video
*** Out Of *****