- 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.