LOS ANGELES – Based on the Jake Tapper book, Rod Lurie’s new movie, “The Outpost”, immerses us in the conflict in Afghanistan, where a small group of American soldiers faced seemingly insurmountable opportunities against the Taliban at a military outpost the Pakistani border.
Director Lurie said he was drawn to the “Everyman” quality of the real heroes of the story.
“One of the things that really appealed to me was that these were ordinary Joe’s,” Lurie said. “It wasn’t the Navy SEALs. It wasn’t the superheroes we normally make movies about. They were growling, you know, young children. ‘
Cinema is rich in powerful war drama, but Lurie said he was primarily inspired by films like Paths of Glory by Stanley Kubrick, in which the lower regions of the military pay for the mistakes of those above.
“I am a great believer in the United States military,” he said. “In general, they are very, very good men and very smart boys. Sometimes they make mistakes. It was a mistake to place this unit at the bottom of the mountains. ‘
Lurie said the war movie can show us the vulnerability of human life, that a person can be here one moment and gone the next. But he didn’t expect the subject to get that close to home when the film was made.
“I had the worst day of my life when I made this movie,” said Lurie. “I got a call from my mom saying my son Hunter was in a Michigan hospital. He went to a music festival and he had cardiac arrest. ‘
Doctors didn’t expect Hunter to move on, so a tough decision had to be made.
“We made that decision,” Lurie said. “We pulled the plug. And my daughter said to me, “Dad, I know you don’t want to make this movie, you think it’s small, but you have to make this movie, because if Hunter knew the movie was dead, he would never have recovered . ”
“The Outpost” will be one of the first wave of films set for theatrical releases since the pandemic closed theaters. It will also be released on request, but Lurie said the movie was made for the theatrical experience, which he says is still the best way to see a movie.
“Go on, and you’ll hear people talking about it after the movie,” Lurie said. “And it’s something you’ve been through together and that’s what you’re missing when you watch it at home.”