The Beast of War ★★★½

More a psychological drama-thriller with war scenes than an outright war movie. The characters are complex individuals with loyalties and motives that are not always clear-cut, and the story is told from both sides. Having Americans portray Russians is somewhat distracting, and I had to remind myself a few times that the English-speaking Americans are supposed to be Russians speaking Russian; however, it serves the purpose of making the (English-accustomed) viewer identify more with the Russians than with the Afghans, which gives the movie an additional dimension.