I DECLARE WAR: THE DVD REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

Do you remember being a kid? Remember playing Cowboys and Indians? Rebels and Imperial Storm Troopers? Jedi V Sith? Ever picked something up and gone “pnau pnau” while pointing your imaginary weapon at someone else? This is what this film is about. It takes the imaginary games of our youth and makes it “real.” I DECLARE WAR is out this week on DVD and Blu Ray and I loved it! Thanks to the lovely peeps at Anchor Bay Entertainment we also have 2x copies on DVD to giveaway. Suss down below, after you have praised my review, you can possibly win a copy 🙂

 

I DECLARE WAR, Jason King, Jason Lapeyre, Robert Wilson, Siam Yu, Gage Munroe, Michael Friend, Aidan Gouveia, Mackenzie Munro, Alex Cardillo, Dyson Fyke, Spencer Howes, Andy Reid, Kolton Stewart, Richard Nguyen, Eric Hanson, Alex Wall
I DECLARE WAR: THE SALTY POPCORN REVIEW

 

This film is a damn fine piece of imaginary film making. There is not one adult in it, it is completely immersed into the pretend gaming of war, I played this as a kid, as I am sure most of you did. But this film amps it up and makes it so serious and organised you would think they were at war. Make the audience see real weapons, make the characters so into it you could be watching Apocalypse Now Junior Edition and then make the story a SON OF RAMBOW meets LORD OF THE FLIES meets STAND BY ME combination and you have one great film in the making.

 

I DECLARE WAR, Jason King, Jason Lapeyre, Robert Wilson, Siam Yu, Gage Munroe, Michael Friend, Aidan Gouveia, Mackenzie Munro, Alex Cardillo, Dyson Fyke, Spencer Howes, Andy Reid, Kolton Stewart, Richard Nguyen, Eric Hanson, Alex Wall
I DECLARE WAR: THE SALTY POPCORN REVIEW

 

You have two opposing sides, they have played these games numerous times and their war of “Catch the Flag” is bloody serious. There are strict rules and PK (Gage Munroe) is almost always the winning general. The opposing team is in the middle of a coup and ends up with a new leader, the evil SKINNER (Michael Friend) who has had a history with PK and is slightly insane and trying to prove a point. It is through Skinner that the lines between game and reality blur heavily while we see the games weaponry blur to real looking weapons. Now, no offence to lesbians, have many as friends, but Skinner looks like one angry “generalised by me being an ass” lesbian – no offence intended :). I seriously could not stop giggling at him.

 

I DECLARE WAR, Jason King, Jason Lapeyre, Robert Wilson, Siam Yu, Gage Munroe, Michael Friend, Aidan Gouveia, Mackenzie Munro, Alex Cardillo, Dyson Fyke, Spencer Howes, Andy Reid, Kolton Stewart, Richard Nguyen, Eric Hanson, Alex Wall
I DECLARE WAR: THE SALTY POPCORN REVIEW

 

The film is very clever in its blurring of the lines of reality, on the one hand the stick guns become real weapons – so imagination becomes reality. But for Skinner his reality is slipping into delusion. The film has similar themes to LORD OF THE FLIES with the basic instinct of the animal coming forward and the basics of civilisation disappearing. It becomes about hunger for power, attention, ignorance of the law (or rules), never losing, intelligence versus rationality and in the end a general lack of regard for each other, winning is more important than your friend. In this aspect it is also an exaggerated look on the effects of real-life combat but at the same time a true look on the battlefield of being a prepubescent child battling for acceptance.

 

I DECLARE WAR, Jason King, Jason Lapeyre, Robert Wilson, Siam Yu, Gage Munroe, Michael Friend, Aidan Gouveia, Mackenzie Munro, Alex Cardillo, Dyson Fyke, Spencer Howes, Andy Reid, Kolton Stewart, Richard Nguyen, Eric Hanson, Alex Wall
I DECLARE WAR: THE SALTY POPCORN REVIEW

 

It has some serious themes but at the same time it is all about the kids, the writing from Jason Lapeyre is absolute A Grade. This film starts in the battlefield of imaginary war and ends in the battlefield of war. You never see an adult, it never relents, it stars all unknown child actors and it holds your attention. The kids have moments of absolute genius acting, with some moments of poor acting, but in the end this is purely acceptable because the entire film is about a game where they are play-acting an imaginary war. So so clever. Then Lapeyre throws in some genius kid relative stuff that is humorous and bluntly telling you something – “If you engage in coprophagia I will be your best friend” – Coprophagia is the art of eating shit basically 🙂 That offer and $50- cash is actually considered by one child, this is how desperate we all are for companionship as young kids. Then the line “you can’t stop war for juice” brings you back later and grounds you to the fact they are actually kids. The film also discusses thoughts on religion from two opposing kids, it is really well done from a child’s perspective.

 

I DECLARE WAR, Jason King, Jason Lapeyre, Robert Wilson, Siam Yu, Gage Munroe, Michael Friend, Aidan Gouveia, Mackenzie Munro, Alex Cardillo, Dyson Fyke, Spencer Howes, Andy Reid, Kolton Stewart, Richard Nguyen, Eric Hanson, Alex Wall
I DECLARE WAR: THE SALTY POPCORN REVIEW

 

PK is the perfect war obsessive freak general, he knows everything and seeing a 12yr old kid quoting war strategy from 1965 and having his favourite movie be Patton is just GOLD. Winning this game of “Catch the Flag” is paramount, he will win at all costs. And this is when things took a little turn. I realised once PK started going too far that I really didn’t like any of the characters anymore, there is no real connection between them and it made the film somewhat distasteful as kids are meant to play and giggle and laugh and this went into adult war and that shouldn’t happen. The ranga (JOKER) is quite funny and his odd little imagination going too far with laser eyes is quite funny but it never went anywhere, the priest kid (ALTAR BOY) represents innocence and the crumbling of said innocence, or more bravado and imagination too grounded in reality. The one girl of the film is seriously fucking mental, she was the most scary of the lot, amazing what love does to you 🙂 And most of the others are incidental characters with a small message here and there. Paul wins the best death scene and I am slightly confused about the dark skinned wolf boy tracker and individual weapon, he is the war guy that lives on the edge, can’t stand other people and doesn’t need a weapon because he is a weapon. While I did not understand him, by the end he was my favourite character. Him and his dog also told me that dogs are better companions than humans as they don’t go bloody mental unless starving or abused, and this is acceptable as it is basic survival.

I also thought the film needed to go further, you embraced the LORD OF THE FLIES themes, don’t pat them on the back, hug the shit out of them until one or more of the characters chokes to death. The film goes so far and so well but I felt let down by the ending, I did realise then that it wasn’t actually LORD OF THE FLIES, it really was I DECLARE WAR, and this is good as it is, clever and telling a different story.

 

I DECLARE WAR, Jason King, Jason Lapeyre, Robert Wilson, Siam Yu, Gage Munroe, Michael Friend, Aidan Gouveia, Mackenzie Munro, Alex Cardillo, Dyson Fyke, Spencer Howes, Andy Reid, Kolton Stewart, Richard Nguyen, Eric Hanson, Alex Wall
I DECLARE WAR: THE SALTY POPCORN REVIEW

 

I have to praise the pacing of the film, the cinematography and the editing, they are all superb in the film, this really is a well produced film all round. If you liked Son of Rambow, Lord of the Flies or Apocalypse Now lol then you should enjoy this. While it is lacking a child’s laughter it covers some serious themes and is so bloody clever I will actually watch it again. Yet again I am impressed from the films made in Canada, I love their work, it is always a little different and original.

 

3 and a Half Pops

 

With special thanks to Anchor Bay Entertainment to win one of the 2x copies of the DVD of  I DECLARE WAR you need to either like and share this post on Facebook or retweet/ favourite it on Twitter, you then need to leave a comment below stating the answer to the following question:

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