TrustMovies calls this film a straight-to-DVD release, even though the IMDB says that it had a theatrical opening in the U.S. back in May of 2002, and then played the Palm Springs Film Fest later that year. This must have been a very limited release. In any case, the film has not been heard of on these shores since then and is only getting a rather major DVD and Blu-ray release now -- from Inception Media Group LLC -- due to Hardy's continuing notoriety and abilities.
French Foreign Legion. The film recounts much of that service, which is full of incident, camaraderie, and a little love (the hetero sort: don't expect the barely-buried homo-eroticism of Claire Denis' Beau Travail). Because the French-Algerian war is raging during this time, and the legion's home is in Algiers, we also get a pretty good dose of allegiances formed and betrayed. Our hero tries to see both sides of each situation, and his superiors in the Legion often seem surprisingly understanding.
Martin Huberty -- is adequate but little more. While nothing here is awful, most of the movie seems a bit amateurish in its direction and screenplay. Though it is not always predictable, many of the incidents, as shown us, seem a little too "standard," particularly in the ways that these incidents are fleshed-out. Still, the film is always watchable, and if it's somewhat sanitized, it is never stupid. I must also say that the Blu-ray transfer is the best I've seen so far from Inception Media Group. This is quality in every way, with rich colors, deep blacks and as images as sharply detailed as you could desire.