Netflix is killing it lately.
If you haven’t seen Beasts of No Nation, I would highly recommend watching that. The Siege of Jadotville is continuing this tradition of buying up movies that might not succeed at the box office, but for home viewing they are quite the hit.
The film is about a little known piece of Irish history. During the Cold War, UN troops were dispatched to the Congo on a peacekeeping mission. The country was being ripped apart by warring factions trying to get their ideology on top. Throw in powerful European nations and mining companies that don’t want to lose money and you’ve got a ripe powder keg.
In the middle of it all is an Irish unit of about 150 men stationed in a tiny podunk town that has little in the way of defensible terrain or supplies. In response to aggressive UN tactics against his party, the president of the Congo (by way of a military coup) decides that the best bargaining chip he can get is those Irish soldiers.
150 men up against 3,000. It’s quite the amazing story and it was fun to see it played out on screen. The acting is good enough for what it is. The special effects and cinematography are way above what you’d expect a straight to TV movie would have. It’s all around exciting, especially in the beginning since the title gives away what’s going to happen. You know the fight is coming, you’re just waiting for the moment it starts.
Again and again I’m astounded by some of the things that happened during the Cold War. The Siege of Jadotville was a great impetus for some Wikipedia article reading. If you like war movies, put it in your queue.
3 out of 4 stars.