Tiger Raid is a dark, suspenseful and unpredictable film which will keep you hooked from start to finish.
The film follows two Irish mercenaries as they travel across the deserts of Iraq to complete a mission.
As the raid progresses, their frenzied world turns in on itself as past misdeeds come to the surface, and violently threatening to tear them apart.
The film opens with a montage of images but only a figure of man and a woman can be made out and heavy breathing is echoed over the images.
This same montage I used throughout the film and one could suggest it is a recurring motif for the character Joe, played by Brian Gleeson.
After the credit sequence there is a wide shot of the desert with a car in the distance moving towards the camera with music over the top establishing the location of the film.
The two Irish mercenaries are introduced, Joe (Gleeson) and Paddy (Damien Moloney) and immediately it becomes quickly apparent these two have conflicting opinions on multiple issues including the north and south divide of Ireland.
After killing some Iraqi soldiers, the opening scene returns as the camera focuses on Joe’s face hinting at his psychological state.
Joe is continuously portrayed as being quite fragile minded and it becomes apparent something happened in his past and he is holding some guilt in.
It is hard to watch the film to try not to connect with both Joe and Paddy but as the film progresses it becomes more difficult to want to.
Through his character development we learn Joe has a wife and children and he is only a mercenary as he owes something to an unknown character called Dave.
The same happens with Paddy. Learning early on he has a mission to assassinate Joe but towards the end of the film you learn there is more to his character.
As previously mentioned, the name Dave is frequently referred to but this man is never seen or introduced physically.
It is said Dave is the leader of the mercenary group and Joe and Paddy are working for him. The majority of the film only has these two characters as they journey across the desert.
With the lack of a variety of characters, the film relies heavily on the conversation between these two and their character developments are essential in pushing the film forward.
One other character is introduced towards the end of the film. A woman called Shadha (Sofia Boutella).
The introduction of Shadha takes the film to a whole new level in an unforeseeable change in direction.
She is a vital character and the two mercenaries are shown to be hiding deeper secrets. Both of their secrets are revealed at the climax of the film.
Although the film is ultimately a dark thriller director and writer Simon Davies adds a slight bit of humour into the script which will occasionally make you smile in places you would not expect to smile.