I have no delusions about warfare, ancient or modern. Films often portray it as a heroic battlefield, offer up images of great valor and make it seem a fun place for camaraderie and adventure. I haven’t been in an active war zone, thank goodness, but I have friends who’ve served, and I’m quite clear that it’s dirty, overwhelming and terrifying. I get that.
As the film progresses, we are frequently reminded of the time that they have left on their tour of duty in Iraq with titles “Days Left In Rotation:”. The first we see is when the three men have only 38 days left, and eventually it winds down to 2 days remaining before they’re rotated back to the United States and away from the war zone entirely.