A soldier is drawn into a war-game with the neighborhood kids. Then he loses control. | Gamechanger - nzwargamer.net

A soldier is drawn into a war-game with the neighborhood kids. Then he loses control. | Gamechanger

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Thirty-year-old soldier Max is on his way to another tour of duty when he notices two local children playing a game of war with toy guns. He gets caught up in their game, playing alongside the kids as they venture into the woods surrounding their neighborhood.

But as Max loses his grip on his reality, the game of pretend suddenly feels altogether too real — and the two young boys lose their innocence.

Director Christian van Duuren has crafted a powerful exploration of the effects that warfare has on the psyche, combining excellent camerawork and finely calibrated performances to delve deep into one man’s brief descent into darkness.

The film begins on a light enough note, as a grown man joins a game played by two young boys. It seems innocent, though small moments of dissonance offer some sense of underlying unease. But as the film progresses, it transitions into something altogether taut, dark and tense, and the tonal shift is absolutely seamless.

The hand-held camera seems edgier and more nervous, and the superlative sound design captures the memories haunting Max effectively, evoking the harshness of the battlefield in the middle of a quiet, tranquil wooded area.

The performances are subtle and excellent all around, and both adult and children find perfectly specific moments to communicate their fear — and the realization that this game is not just child’s play anymore, but something much darker and complicated.

“Gamechanger” is a haunting and tense portrayal of the very human cost of warfare, whose images and emotional moments will linger with viewers well after viewing — much like the invisible scars than many in the military struggle with, long after their battlefield days are over.

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520 Comments

  1. the fact that he left the dog in the car

  2. ME: why the hell am I here
    Soidler: becase u are traitor
    Me: I'm only 5
    SOIDLER: SHUT UP

  3. I was just worried about the dog the whole time.

  4. i like how the deeper he gets into it, the more sound effects there are, they get louder, and the gun even gradually gets more realistic, even some points have blowing of aircrafts in the trees

  5. Damn it! I thought the guy on the thumbnail was Conan O'Brien

  6. Am I he only one here that sees the dogs just left ther the kid is tied up still and the gun slowly turns into a real gun

  7. Airsoft rentals vs Player who takes it too seriously with $2000 equipment

  8. Why does the soldier kinda look like tommykay

  9. When he took off his belt I thought the story was going to take a completely different path

  10. The soldier got PTSD and he starts to think he's in a real war

  11. Man he lost it he lost the reality and the game he really has PTSD

  12. The kid looks like the sniper from saving private Ryan

  13. if we’re those kids I would be scared to death, that guy is acting like it’s a real war

  14. When it said lose control I thought he Kill him

  15. so the kid he helped was a us and the kid who had the machine gun was a vietcong

  16. First, it was all fun and games with a veteran showing the kid how to play war better, then it became his past again.

  17. I feel so bad they don’t understand what he’s been through

  18. Me:pops a balloon around grandpa
    Grandpa:THERE IN THE TREES!!!

  19. А пацана кто-либо развязал?

  20. we will always get very depressed after watching his stupit videos

  21. I, like thousands of others, can relate to this man. Combat has very strange and profound effects on all those involved. I deployed to Afghanistan twice, and among other things, it caused me to be a much more compassionate person. I avoid everything to do with violence, I don't hunt anymore, or kill ANYTHING, not a deer, snake, mouse, or even flies, nothing! However, if my life or the lives of my family were ever put in danger I certainly would react with extreme violence, but I pray that I can live the rest of my life in peace. I often think about what the world would be like if we all could love and have compassion for one another. It would be a wonderful world indeed.

  22. kid: im having so much fun! dad look an enemy. soldier:so anyways i started blasting

  23. My grandfather is a Vietnam War veteran and he went through some mentally damaging things such as killing child soldiers, watching his own friend die right next to him, war things ect.

  24. P O S T T R A U M A T I C S T R E S S D I S O R D E D

  25. What if the film crew actually left the kid in the woods?

  26. This is true irl because soldiers really go through alot of stuff like this when they are not in combat ya know, they start to think like a soldier when something relatively similar to their combat occurs.

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