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Dubiously aspiring to be a Mormon variation on Saving Private Ryan, this dull, static war movie follows five Allied soldiers trapped behind enemy lines in the waning days of World War II. Director-cinematographer Ryan Little provides minimal visual interest with a narrow color palette—all whites and grays except for bright-red blood—but the look has the unfortunate side effect of making the action difficult to follow, particularly during the confusing firefight scenes. The thematics are similarly murky—the thin backstory hints at a conflict between the religious convictions of the hero (helpfully named Deacon) and the demands of combat, but it never fully materializes; as it is, we mainly know that he’s a Mormon because he doesn’t smoke or drink coffee.