When a squad of British troops on a training exercise come across a formidable enemy, they are given refuge in a remote farmhouse. Then the fun begins.

1.5
Looks as if it had been thrown together carelessly, with not even internal logic on its side.

Private Cooper, Kevin McKidd, has just failed a test to join Special Operations because he refused to shoot the dog that tracked him down. Little does he know that he'll soon meet up with the man who failed him, Commander Ryan, Liam Cunningham, under vastly different circumstances. Cooper and his squad, led by Sergeant Wells, Sean Pertwee, are sent on a training exercise to the Highlands. Before too long they come across the mangled bodies of their opponents, the only one left alive is a wounded Ryan. Those noises in the woods are not apparently just the wind in the trees. That night when creatures attack, Wells is wounded and Cooper takes over command. While trying to flee they're picked up in a jeep driven by zoologist Megan, Emma Cleasby, and taken to a farmhouse in the middle of werewolf country.

This attempt at a horror film is not even vaguely convincing, the gross-out humour even less so. Written and directed by Neil Marshall, the characters are almost indistinguishable, one of them really regrets missing Britain taking on Germany in the football but that doesn't really add a lot of depth. In the tradition of Night of the Living Dead, but a much inferior version of the genre, Dog Soldiers looks as if it had been thrown together carelessly, with not even internal logic on its side. I was, in a word, underwhelmed.

Comments by David Stratton:
A very cheesy werewolf picture, set in the Highlands of Scotland but filmed in Luxembourg. As the dwindling group of British soldiers, trapped in an isolated farmhouse, are torn apart by voracious woofers, the filmmakers emphasise the gory humour of it all but never manage to create any genuine suspense or sense of menace.