Ripped from the headlines about the war in Iraq, MARK OF CAIN tells the story of two young men entrenched near Baghdad. Soldiers Shane (Matthew McNulty) and Treacle (Gerard Kearns), twisted internally by the horrors that surround them, must twice confront their own abhorrent behavior: first, when they photograph a few detainees that they round up, and again when the pictures resurface back at home. When the story gets picked up by the press, the two men are tossed into an ugly spotlight and must decide if they should tell the truth about their experiences.
Description by Image Entertainment:
Inspired by true events in Iraq, this acclaimed, award-winning film is an unforgettable look at modern warfare in the tradition of Black Hawk Down and Casualties of War. Shane and Mark are two ordinary 18-year-olds serving in Iraq, where the platoon struggles to maintain an uneasy peace. When their popular company captain is killed by a roadside bomb, morale hits rock bottom. Acting on orders, they round up several suspects from house-to-house searches and events spiral out of control as Shane and Treacle not only participate but take photographs with the detainees as souvenirs. Returning home, the boys are shaken by the experience when Shane's jilted girlfriend, Shelley, takes the photos to the police. The story hits the press, and the soldiers must decide whether to keep their secrets or tell the truth about the events of that fateful night.