The motion picture's opening title card reads: "France - May 1940" in Dunkirk , there takes place a sad retreat . This true story of the formation of Ian Fleming's 30 Commando unit, a precursor for the elite forces in the U.K. , as our protagonists undertake risked feats from the edge of defeat on the beaches of Dunkirk to the mountains of Norway on a perilous mission behind enemy lines . It is set in 1940 , it concerns about a misfit team led by Major Jones : Sean Bean is assigned by Ian Fleming : James D'Arcy to assemble an 8-men commando team to travel to Norway , as Sean Bean and his squad have to carry out a suicide mission in Norway . The leader forges them into a two-fisted fighting unit by training in the Scotland outdoors and leads them on a deadly assignment into Nazi territory . The powerful group is formed by Rains : Danny Dyer , Aksel Hennie : Steinar , William Houston : Mac , Brightling : Stephen Walters , Riley : Guy Burnet and with specialist Roger Rollright : John Dagleish . This is a story which takes our heroes into a deadly assignment , if successful, could modify the course of the war . They are parachuted in Norwegian landscapes to meet the agent Beowulf (Izabella Miko) and destroy the German Freyo Station and rob German state-of-the-art technology of Radio Direction Finding (RDF) in Operation Grendel that bears remarkable resemblance to the real-life "Bruneval Raid" which was officially also known as "Operation Biting".
This moving film packs frantic thrills, perilous adventures , relentless feats , and buck-loads of explosive action and violence. The noisy action is uniformly well-made, especially deserving of mention the rip-roaring final scenes on the snowy scenarios , including some spectacular shootouts and bombing . Based on the real-life events of Ian Fleming's 30 Commando during WWII , the first half of the film allows the colorful cast of character actors to have their fun as they get their tails whipped into shape and develop shaky relationship with their leader. The final part is all action, as the valiant commando wreck havoc and then run for their lives. Despite the fact that few of the "heroes" survive the bloodbath, the message here is that war is hell. Apart from the values of team spirit , cudgeled by Major Jones/Sean Bean into his brave group , the film is full of feats , intrigue , noisy acting , suspense , and thrills . The crew was supported by actual commandos, real British commandos, worked on this project. They helped and they played members of the SS. They were all ex-military men who have worked in Iraq and Afghanistan and have seen real action. They included every single detail in the finished edit. They educated them in the workings of warfare. This is is a wartime typical vehicle and into the ¨warlike commando sub-genre¨ , a theme very popular in the sixties , including classic titles , such as : Dirty Dozen (Robert Aldrich) , Navarone Guns (J. Lee Thompson) , Where eagles dare(Brian G. Hutton) , Kelly's heroes(Hutton ) , Tobruk (Arthur Hiller), Devil's Brigade (Andrew V McLagen) and many others . Sean Bean is good as leader of the motley pack together thwart the Nazi schemes, as well as the largely secondary cast with special mention for Aksel Hennie , Stephen Walters ,William Houston , Izabella Miko and James D'Arcy as Ian Fleming . Just prior to the Second World War, Ian Fleming "- well played by James D'Arcy- whose code-name was "17F, was recruited into British Naval Intelligence where he excelled, shortly achieving the rank of Commander. The name of the the real life military outfit that 007 creator fought for which is depicted in the film was the "30 Commando Unit" which was also known as the "30 Assault Unit" and informally also known as Ian Fleming's "Red Indians . When the war ended, Fleming retired to Jamaica where he built a house called "Goldeneye," took up writing full-time and created the character that would make him famous -- British Secret Service agent James Bond, in a novel called "Casino Royale."
It contains a thrilling and suspenseful musical score by Michael Plowman . As well as a colorful and evocative cinematography by Mark Hamilton . Being filmed on location in Ålgård, Rogaland, Vågslid, Telemark, Norway , Haukeliseter, Telemark, Norway ,Gravesend Civil Defence Bunker - Woodlands Park, Gravesend, Kent, England, Connaught Barracks, Dover, Kent, Pluckley, Kent, England, UK . The motion picture was professionally directed by Adrian Victoria , an usual director/writer of TV episodes as The Bill , Crossing the Line , Casualty , Driven and ocassionally for cinema as Capital Punishment , The crew and this Age of heroes . Rating : 6/10 . Acceptable and passable Warlike movie .