The Mark Of Cain. (Matthew McNulty’s (Shane Gulliver) honest bloodied face.) 

Characters were developed just enough, it doesn’t help to know too much too quickly for me. They were realistic, the character of Shane Gulliver being the most authentic and thought provoking, but I thought a few were slightly more extreme than the average. There’s a chilling versatility to, and a (somehow almost dutiful) betrayal by Corporal Gant. Alongside an obscene honest whimpishness portrayed in Mark “treacle” Tate resulting in his suicide. 

"loyalty is all you’ve got left"

This film made me think about a few things in ways I haven’t before. All ideas of brotherhood within institutions, and what it implies to the values of those involved.

I read a lot about war and combat. My dad has experienced a tour in Afghan first hand. I’m not criticizing any part of the ties that soldiers find themselves bound in. I have read a bit around ethical codes and the question of Why people behave in the way they do is something that continues to crop up in most aspects of my everyday life. I just can’t seem to shake it.

It just made me think hard about some significant concepts that it throws up (and there are a good few pertinent topics in there) from relatively fresh perspectives for me. Especially that of codes of conduct and morals (official but more importantly unofficial) in the armed forces.