Set in the future, during a time of civil war, three woman, Denise (Sammi Davis), Kim (Emily Lloyd) and Louise (Sarah-Jane Potts) are recruited by the government to settle on a remote island controlled by the British. There they will become long term companions for the soldiers stationed there. The island is not paradise though, locked under tight military rule by the unbalanced Colonel (Ray Winstone) and the soldiers are lonely and battle scared. The girls shows interest in three soldiers, Stanley (Charlie Creed-Miles), Douglas (Johnathon Schaech) and Jimmy (Guy Pearce) who all have different approaches to life and their situation on the island. Hopes for peace and colonisation may be just a dream…

Based on a stage play by Jeff Noon, “Woundings” or “Brand New World” is some sort of updated love-and-war melodrama Hollywood cranked out with regularity in the 1950s. The soldiers are hard-bitten, macho and largely insensitive. The women encompass a slightly wider spectrum of dreamers, patriots, the desperate and the hopeful. The enemy is never seen, making its presence known via exploding land mines and sniper fire. For the soldiers, there’s a grinding sameness and an emotional toll that manifests itself in icy cynicism. “Brand New World” is based on the psychological scars of occupation, but the movie doesn´t manage to communicate that in a convincing fashion. Personally I think this has not the impact it intended, there´s no emotional “blows” that works. The movie has been shot in some sort of documentary style, but it just feels scattered and unfocused plus the movie is strangely edited in my point of view. The acting is way too theatrical and maybe that was the intention due to it has been based on a play, but that doesn´t work either. “Brand New World” is a failure and a disappointment. (2 out of 5)

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