DVD Review: Afghan Luke - Metro US

DVD Review: Afghan Luke

Afghan Luke

  • Genre: Drama
  • Director: Mike Clattenburg
  • Stars: Nick Stahl, Stephen Lobo, Ali Liebert
  • Rate: ** 1/2

Afghan Luke is a bright and bold Canadian film about war, but it’s neither complete farce — there are darkly comic moments — nor earnest flag-waver.

It’s not at all what you’d expect from Trailer Park Boys creator Mike Clattenburg, who directs and co-writes, but it’s exactly the right approach for a topic of this gravity.

Nick Stahl is the title Luke, a crusading Canuck journalist bent on exposing alleged Afghan War atrocities by Canadian soldiers, even if it kills him.

More Jarhead than Apocalypse Now in its anti-war sentiments, in that muddled intentions are to blame more than malevolence, but the futility of war is powerfully expressed.

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