It’s been a while since a good Vietnam War drama has hit theaters, and it’s been since… well, forever… that we’ve had one told from the Australian military’s point of view. But that’s about to change with the new film Danger Close, which has just released its first trailer.
The movie, which is based on a true story, is about the little-known Battle of Long Tan. In 1966, a group of around 100 mostly novice Aussie and Kiwi soldiers managed to hold off a Viet-Cong force of over 2,500 men. In other words, the battle was basically the Vietnam War’s 300.
The movie star’s Vikings‘ Travis Fimmel and is directed by Red Dog helmer Kriv Stenders. Here’s the official synopsis, per Collider:
Major Harry Smith (Travis Fimmel) and his company of 108 young and inexperienced Australian and New Zealand soldiers are fighting for their lives in the Battle of Long Tan. With 2,500 battle-hardened Viet Cong soldiers closing in, their ammunition running out, and casualties mounting, each man searches for the strength to triumph over an uncertain future with honor, decency, and courage.
As for the trailer, it looks like the movie is offering up a well-balanced mix of war-time action and drama, while also showing audiences a side of the Vietnam War they’re probably not terribly familiar with.
Danger Close is set to arrive in theaters, on digital, and OnDemand on Nov. 8, 2019.