Hammerman Ikon

Hammerman Ikon Film Guide

Director: Janus Metz

A visually striking documentary about a group of Danish soldiers who go on a six-month tour of duty in Afghanistan. The men patrol the area near the Armadillo military base, where they have occasional clashes with the Taliban fighters. The camera is in the thick of things, which gives the battle scenes a heightened sense of authenticity. All in all, however, the film doesn't tell us anything we haven't seen in other fictional or nonfictional war stories. The men are bored (Jarhead) and they yearn for action (The Hurt Locker), but the reality of war eventually hits home when their comrades get killed or injured (all war films).