It centers around a small band of BBC journalists embedded with a U.S. military convoy on the “Highway to Hell” in Afghanistan.
It becomes clear early on that the reporters are clueless when it comes to staying alive and rely on the commander to tell them what to do. It is also apparent that he does not like being a shuttle for people who, simply by their profession, make his convoy more susceptible to attack.
What is great about this one-shot is how stark the commander makes the operation. One can feel the tension, unease, and paranoia the troops experience while dealing with improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and suicide bombings.
In one exchange, the BBC unit leader questions why the commander dealt with a local a certain way and even gave him money.
“You don’t know sh*t about Afghanistan or what goes on here,” the commander says. “Stop thinking and start following my direction and you and all your crew just may survive this trip.”
Also, one wonders how creator and writer Kelly Bender seems to know so much about the dynamics and details of America’s role in the Afghan conflict. Bender appears to have boots-on-the-ground experience in the war-torn country.
“Convoy of Corpses” is bleak but thoroughly informative and enjoyable!