Synopsis: In the middle of the desert, an area filled with 33 million blast mines scattered everywhere, marine sniper Sergeant Mike Stevens is on a mission to locate and neutralize the leader of a terrorist cell. After three months and six days in the desert, one single moment of hesitation is enough to blow the entire mission, and now Sergeant Stevens is stranded in a hostile guerrilla territory all alone, and to make matters worse, with his left foot on an active mine. Against the harsh environment, without water, the sergeant must stay glued to the spot and use his Marine training, his resourcefulness and his perseverance for the next 52 hours until a convoy arrives in his area. Between the scalding heat of the day and the freezing cold of the night, if Sergeant Stevens wants to survive, he must fight not only the mighty forces of nature but also the greatest adversary of them all: himself.
Genre: Thriller, War
  4 nominations.
106 min


I just found a new friend.

Target 2 o'clock.

Range, 1709 meters.

Wind, 3 o'clock, 6 miles per hour.

Wind right quadrant, 2.3 millimeters.


I know you're good.

I mean you're very good, okay?

But you're not that good.

We're not here to play.

Then why are we here?

I know what you're thinking.

"We're here to complete the mission."

Come on, man.

What's the point, Tommy?

Okay, the point is that...

We've been here...what?

Two months?

Three months and six days.

Friend, and that's the point.

And exactly that point.

Three months and six days...

you're far from Jenny.

Oh Jenny...

Jenny, I love you.

Jenny, I want to kiss you.

Oh Jenny... Jenny, kiss me.




They're here.

Oxen, Oxen! Alpha Margo 4.

Elvis is in the building.

Where, Oxen?

The target should arrive in a

black Land Cruiser with an escort.

Confirm target before next step.

You said black, it's gray...

...and another vehicle.

It's always a Land Cruiser, Mike.

Something's going on.

It seems to be for...

...celebrating some sort of ceremony.

Land Cruiser approaching.

Target is Sayid Assiff, 65 years old.

Confirm, over.

Target, 10 o'clock.

Range 977 meters.

Range 977.


Maybe he grew a beard

since he was last photographed.

I think it's him.

Target confirmed.


It's a wedding.


Repeat, over.


Target confirmed, over.

Send it.

Send it.

Alpha Margo 4...

Confirm kill, over.

I don't have a clean shot.


The groom is blocking the target.

We're waiting for instructions, sir.


Mike, don't get any ideas, ok?

This is what we're here for.

Neutralize the target, over.

Mike, don't freak out,

just shoot the guy!

Alpha Margo 4 to Oxen,

it's a wedding.

You're asking me to kill the

groom and his father.

Confirm, over.

Alpha Margo 4, it took us 13 months

to locate Sayid Assiff.

As far as we know, Assiff has no children...

but that guy could be part

of the same terrorist cell.

No need for a clean shot,

Neutralize and confirm. Over.

See, Mike? Terrorists get married too.

We're not even sure that's Assiff.

He came from a different vehicle...

and you know that from here we

can't confirm his identity!

Shoot, Mike.

Shoot the damn shot, Mike.

Confirm, over.

F*** it, Mike!


Oxen, the target moved.

I lost him.

Alpha Margo 4 off.

Damn it, Mike!

Alpha Margo 4.

Mission canceled.

We need extraction.

Come and get us, over.

Give us your new position, over


GPS is out of order, over.

Copy that, wait for orders,

we'll find a new position...

What are you doing?


Hey, check over there!

Sandstorm! Sandstorm!

Sandstorm! Sandstorm! Sandstorm!

Let's go! Let's go!

Mayday, Mayday! Alpha Margo 4!

We require immediate extraction!

Sandstorm approaching, over!

The new position for the extraction

is a village six clicks to the west.

Do you copy? Over.

Negative, I didn't get that!

A village six clicks west of here? Over.

Great, Mike!

5 hours on foot!

The West and the...

I know which way is West!

Do you know what day it is?

Its Tuesday.

Not any Tuesday, Mike.

It's the second Tuesday of the month,

so my son's waiting for my call.

I know.

I've never missed one.

What do you usually talk about?

How old is he now, four?

Actually, he's decided...

to become a vegetarian.

The other day,

Anne was at home, cleaning...

She looked in the garden and there

was Jake, who walked around muttering.

So she says:

"Jake, what are you doing?"

So, he turns around with a leaf in his

mouth and says:
"My name is not Jake!"

"I'm a brontosaurus!"

My friend...and crazy!

I know, maybe it's all bullshit...

but they make me feel better.

Unbelievable, right?

I thought this marriage thing

was a big mistake. A curse.

But then along came Jake...

and it changed everything.

I mean, I always fought...

and we still fight all the time...

but now we have this little man that

makes us careful about what we say.

We used to lose control.

We said stupid things.

We didn't talk for days.

But then, Jake...

He starightened us out.

I know that look.

What's on your mind, Mike?


Is there something you need to tell me?

Say it you can't hold it inside.

Whatever it is, you have to let it out.

It's much better if you air it.

You want to ask

Jenny to marry you, right?

The thing is...

It's complicated.

It's a big step.

Already it's complicated?

It's a...

small step...

for humanity...

but a big step...

for a man.

Oh, Mike, you really

are a mess, you know?

What's wrong?

This is Oxen...

we don't see any guerillas

in your area, Alpha Margo,

but if you stick your heads up,

they'll come looking for you,

The new position for the extraction

is away from their shelters...

and sandstorms,

We can't use helicopters and the mission

doesn't include ground transportation.

II you have to cross the desert...

the dunes will

keep changing shape...

so the radio won't always work.

Hold on, Marines!

I don't see anything

with all this sand.

I think I see something moving.

Maybe the natives.

What are they doing?

It looks like...



in the sand.

If those were the Berbers...

it means that we're

heading in the right direction...

unless it was just a mirage.

I know that it's very effective

but it's just a trick of the Berbers.

They use these signs to keep the

enemies away from the village.

I just want to say that

we must be close, man.

The village is probably

right behind that dune.

Over there.

Come on, let's go.

Over the last 40 years,

there's been over 8,000 battles...

and we've buried 33 million

mines in this area.


I like when you're optimistic, Mike.


Listen, Mr. Wikipedia...

You can find everything in the desert.

As old as this sign looks...

who knows where it comes from

and what it really says?

Mike, don't get paranoid.

Don't let this thing

screw up your head.

I'm just considering our options.

We have two options,

because we're really lucky guys.

We can back off and die of thirst,

or we can get to the village

within an hour, Mike.

I know which option to choose.

You know what?

I don't really like water.

It's overrated.

It has no taste.

A beautiful...



is what I want.

Usually, I drink it with lemon...

but this time...

I'll take the strawberry.

Thanks, Mike.

Whoa! Oh, ok.

Mmm! Ok, Mike!

You know what?

Forget what I said about water.

A couple of drops gets

you going again!

Come on, Mike.

Come on, Mike!

Come on, Mike!

You have to stop thinking about

that sign, you're losing it!

I'm not surprised...

since you're you.

You do have to explain one thing.

How is it possible

that a psychopath like you...

You're not afraid to get into

fights with...how many were there?

I think they...

Four? No, five...

of the biggest Army

Rangers I've ever seen...

and then sh*t your pants for a sign flying

in the desert from who knows where?

I just had a premonition.

I feel that there is a

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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