The Outpost
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The Outpost

September 30

Orlando Bloom and Scott Eastwood star in this riveting adaptation of Jake Tapper '91's bestseller about one of the deadliest battles during America's war in Afghanistan.

20/21 Hop Film

Jake Tapper '91, the chief Washington correspondent for CNN, wrote his 2012 bestseller to highlight what he termed the "deep-rooted inertia of military thinking." Like the book, West Point grad Rod Lurie's immersive film adaptation delivers both gripping action sequences and a scathing critique of military hubris that puts soldiers' lives at risk.

While President Obama talked of withdrawing troops, Army brass inexplicably ordered a small unit of 53 U.S. soldiers (Orlando Bloom, Scott Eastwood, Caleb Landry Jones) to hold down Combat Outpost Keating. Located at the base of three steep mountains, Keating was indefensible from the 300 Taliban fighters who descended from above on October 3, 2009. With a keen understanding of the mechanics of battle and an overriding humanism, Lurie brings this little-known story to vivid, heartstopping life.  

"The Outpost gets it crucially right by bringing home the meaning of heroism as a collective action. The you-are-there ferocity of the battle sequences, brilliantly abetted by the prowling, handheld camerawork of Lorenzo Senatore, ranks with the best interpretations of combat on film. Your nerves will be shattered, guaranteed." --Peter Travers, Rolling Stone D: Rod Lurie, US, 2020, 2h3m  

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This event occurred as part of the 20/21 Hop Film season. This is an archived view.

"If you want to understand how the war in Afghanistan went off the rails, you need to read this book."

Jon Krakauer, author of Into the Wild

The Outpost represents the most exhilarating new movie audiences have been offered since the shutdown began.”


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