A breath-taking survivalist saga set on a remote mountain in Latin America. The film tracks a young group of soldiers and rebels -- bearing names like Rambo, Smurf, Bigfoot, Wolf and Boom-Boom -- who keep watch over an American hostage, Doctora (Julianne Nicholson). The teenage commandos perform military training exercises by day and indulge in youthful hedonism by night, an unconventional family bound together under a shadowy force known only as The Organization. After an ambush drives the squadron into the jungle, both the mission and the intricate bonds between the group begin to disintegrate. Order descends into chaos with the strong beginning to prey on the weak. Director Alejandro Landes examines the chaos and absurdity of war from the unique perspective of adolescence, recalling Lord Of The Flies and Beau Travail in a way that feels wholly original.
"Haunting, challenging, affecting, alarming and utterly mesmerising" - ★★★★★ - Mark Kermode