"AN INTENSE EXPERIENCE, EXTREMELY CLAUSTROPHOBIC AND INVOLVING, WITH STRONG PERFORMANCES AND FULL TO THE BRIM WITH ATMOSPHERE.""An incredibly atmospheric work."FANGORIA
When all communication with a remote military base situated in an area of intense guerrilla activity is lost, a unit of Colombian soldiers is sent on a mission to regain contact with their brothers-in-arms. Fearing the base has been taken over by enemy forces, they arrive to find the place seemingly devoid of life. Once power is restored to the outpost, the full horror of the situation is revealed - the place is littered with corpses, the walls daubed with blood and what appear to be magical symbols intended to ward off evil. Amidst the carnage the soldiers discover a woman buried alive behind one of the walls. The dead captain's log reveals she had been captured in the area several days earlier and was being held on suspicion of being a guerrilla informant. Further interrogation of the woman reveals little, but soon leads to tensions amongst the men who are struggling to come to terms with the mysterious slaughter of their comrades. Confused and isolated, the soldiers find themselves gripped by inexplicable feelings of fear, mistrust and paranoia that leads them to question the nature and identity of their enemy.
First-time director Jaime Osorio Marquez nicely creates a creepy atmosphere of mist-laden isolation and superstition which quickly deteriorates into mistrust, paranoia and in-fighting. As is often the case in a film set in an isolated, imposing location, the star of the show is the building itself; in THE SQUAD it is the abandoned military base where the action is set. The DVD extras show the extremely difficult time the crew had filming at this high altitude location, as well as the wrangling that went on with the Colombian military in trying to get permission for filming there.
You are urged to watch this film immediately as an American remake is already in the works.