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Foxhole movie review & film summary (2022)

By ending his film with shots of a field filled with bloody, dead soldiers, Fessenden immediately instills a sense of the futility of war. “The privilege of service seems to fade with each battle, and what remains in the soul is not the glory of the battle, but the horror of its consequences,” a voice-over echoes in the fog. It is through this poetic dialogue in the style of Malik that his characters show how individual humanity and kindness can endure even in the middle of no man’s land.

We first meet his main cast at the height of the American Civil War, where Jackson (Motel Jean Foster), a black soldier, is wounded in hand-to-hand combat with a Confederate soldier (Asa Spurlock). After killing him, Jackson heads to the trench being dug by fellow Union soldiers Clark (Cody Kostro), Conrad (Angus O’Brien), Morton (Alex Hurt), and Wilson (James LeGros). The soldiers then discuss whether it is their duty to continue digging or to carry the wounded Jackson on a stretcher to the nearest medics.

Here Fessenden infuses his film with an additional layer of social consciousness. One soldier dares to ask Jackson if he was «free» before signing up, calls him with an «n» and argues with the others whether it is their duty to keep digging or to help this Black Man. That a Union soldier was such an outright racist busts the myth that all the soldiers who fought for the Union in the American Civil War were abolitionists. This exploration of how Jackson’s race affects his place in the military becomes the nexus for the next two segments.

In the World War I passage, a young German soldier falls into the group’s trench, where they now discuss whether they should kill him or is he just a «frightened boy running from his fate» like everyone else. Here, Jackson’s autonomy is again questioned. When asked what he is fighting for, he replies: «The same as you … democracy.» While the dialogue is a little on the nose, Motell Gyn Foster sells it with sheer authenticity.

His group dynamic changes again in the final episode. Now stuck in a Hammer somewhere in Iraq, Jackson is their leader and a female soldier, Gayle (Andy Maticak), joins their group. Here, Jackson shakes off the calculated timidity of his early characters by using his charisma as a born leader. While all of the actors involved handle the long-winded script with aplomb, especially top indie star James LeGros, who always lends notable weight to any role, no matter the size, Foster gets the most pithy role and proves a firm anchor for Fessenden’s weighty aspirations. However, the film’s exploration of race and gender in the military is mostly superficial, with little insight other than an understanding of the style of representation.

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