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The Outpost | Average Guy Movie Review

The story of the Battle of Kamdesh in 2009, in which a small group of American soldiers defended Combat Outpost Keating from roughly 400 enemy insurgents. The base was part of a network established to monitor Taliban traffic in the Hindu Kush mountains. However, given its position, the base was considered to be a death trap, described by one soldier who fought there as "like being in a fishbowl or fighting from the bottom of a paper cup". As war movies go, this is one that goes out of its way to show the harsh realities of not only war, but of life in the military as well. The movie begins by introducing us to the base, and the men occupying it. Which proves to be an eye-opening look at their perilous position, and the mundane side of soldiering. Everything from routine patrols, to the complexities of dealing with the locals, including the occasional attack by Taliban fighters, and of course the really fun stuff like burning the contents of the camp latrines, and the odd spec