Following the massive commercial success, at least in the US, of American Sniper two years ago, films of a similar vein were bound to be produced. One of them is here, Mine, which despite its uninspiring title, looks to be taking a more thrilling approach than Clint Eastwood‘s film.
Starring Armie Hammer, the film describes itself thusly: “After a failed assassination attempt, a soldier finds himself stranded in the desert for 52 hours. Exposed to the elements, he must survive the dangers of the desert and battle the psychological and physical toll of the treacherous conditions”.
If you’re thinking this sounds relatively familiar, you’d be right. The film is produced by the same team behind Buried, which followed a similar man-can’t-leave-his-location premise with Ryan Reynolds. Who ever heard of production companies mining the same premise more than once?…
The trailer below suffers the now ubiquitous problem of revealing far too much information, checking off clear plot points at will, and these kind of single location thrillers can often be hit or miss.
The film seems to be wearing its influences on its sleeve, though; the aforementioned American Sniper is a clear relation and there seems to be at least a scene that looks familiar to the premise of The Grey a few years ago, in which Liam Neeson shared top billing with a pack of wolves.
Armie Hammer is a burgeoning star, already finding success with the Sundance hit, Call Me By Your Name, this year. He’ll be hoping this is another step towards above-the-title superstardom.