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  • Summary: Brothers at War is an intimate portrait of an American family during a turbulent time.  Jake Rademacher sets out to understand the experience, sacrifice, and motivation of his two brothers serving in Iraq. The film follows Jake’s exploits as he risks everything—including his life—to tell his brothers’ story.  Often humorous, but sometimes downright lethal, Brothers at War is a remarkable journey where Jake embeds with four combat units in Iraq. Unprecedented access to U.S. and Iraqi combat units take him behind the camouflage curtain with secret reconnaissance troops on the Syrian border, into sniper "Hide Sites" in the Sunni Triangle, through raging machine gun battles with the Iraqi Army.  Ultimately, the film follows his brothers home where separations and life-threatening work ripple through their parents, siblings, wives and children.  Brothers at War provides a rare look at the bonds and service of our soldiers on the frontlines and the profound effects their service has on the loved ones they leave behind. (Samuel Goldwyn Films) Collapse
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  1. 75
    An honest, on-the-ground documentary about the lives of Americans fighting there. It has no spin. It's not left or right.
  2. 75
    This documentary, which begins at a low key, gradually becomes intense and psychologically complicated.
  3. 70
    Well shot but generically scored, Brothers at War has its share of potent moments, most of them with Mr. Rademacher’s family in the States.
  4. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    60
    Rademacher's vigorous commitment to making the documentary, as well as to his large, close-knit family, deserves respect.
  5. He does accomplish his main task, to take us into places civilians rarely go, and give witness to the immense challenges soldiers like his brothers face every second they’re required to be at war.
  6. Reviewed by: Elias Sevada
    60
    Harrowing, heroic, and occasionally gripping.
  7. 50
    It’s practically a feature-length infomercial for the military.

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