'Mine (2017)' was written and directed by Fabio Guaglione and Fabio Resinaro and stars Armie Hammer, Annabelle Wallis, Tom Cullen, and Clint Dyer. 'Mine' follows Mike (played by Armie Hammer) as he becomes stranded in the middle of the desert after he steps on a land mine. Mike is forced to battle psychological and physical tolls as he fights to survive for multiple days until his rescue team is able to arrive. 'Mine' starts off with a very intense sniper scene that does an excellent job of introducing Mike and his partner, Tommy. While this scene does a good job on the character development front, it was the way this scene set the whole tone for the movie that I particularly enjoyed.
The film features a small cast, but the performances were all pretty solid. My personal favorite was Armie Hammer. He provides a very powerful performance that pulls you into the film and helps you to connect with the character on an emotional level. This is easily my second favorite performance of his, just behind 'The Social Network'. Mike's partner Tommy who is played by Tom Cullen is an incredibly annoying character, but he is supposed to be annoying but lovable, so applaud Cullen for his performance. Berber (played by Clint Dyer), who is a local townsman that visits Mike was also quite enjoyable. He provides a little bit of comedic relief that helps to keep the intensity of the film from crossing over to the extreme. The only real issue I had on the performance front was with the voices behind the radio. While I have never been a soldier, I would hope that in a dire situation like this, they would be a little more supportive. There is absolutely no emotion or sense of urgency in the voices that Mike communicates with over his radio.
All in all, 'Mine' was a pleasant surprise for me. Armie Hammer gives one of his strongest performances to date in a film that kept me on the edge of my seat from start to finish. If I had to identify a negative for the movie, it would be that some of the hallucinations Mike experiences are pretty far-fetched and unrealistic. I have never had to deal with a situation of this extreme, so who am I to judge if the hallucinations were realistic or not. I am giving 'Mine,' an "8 out of 10", and would highly recommend checking it out.
'Mine' is now available on all major streaming services and in a Blu-ray and DVD Combo Pack. The Blu-ray and DVD Combo Pack comes with a few bonus features, including 'The Making Of' documentary, multiple deleted scenes, VFX and Storyboards, and more.