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  • Summary: Fighting for Life is a very different movie about war and medicine, a real-life "M*A*S*H" for our times about the doctors and nurses fighting on the front lines. The film interweaves stories of military doctors, nurses, and medics who are working with skill, compassion, and dedication amidFighting for Life is a very different movie about war and medicine, a real-life "M*A*S*H" for our times about the doctors and nurses fighting on the front lines. The film interweaves stories of military doctors, nurses, and medics who are working with skill, compassion, and dedication amid the vortex of the Iraq War; wounded soldiers and marines reacting with courage, dignity, and determination to survive and to heal; and students at Uniformed Services University, the "West Point" of military medicine, on their journey toward becoming career military physicians. The film also follows 21-year-old Army Specialist Crystal Davis from Iraq to Germany to Walter Reed Hospital in Washington DC as she fights to recover and "bounce back" from the loss of a leg. (Truly Indie) Collapse
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  1. 80
    If Fighting for Life is propaganda, it's the best kind, largely avoiding editorialization and instead focusing on simple human drama.
  2. These young men and women aren't in it for the money, or the glory; they only want to save lives and heal wounds. That's another kind of glory.
  3. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    70
    The only people who seem immune to the politics of the Iraq War are also at its epicenter: the doctors and nurses who mend and tend to the wounded, and who provide the heart and soul of Terry Sanders' Fighting for Life.
  4. 63
    The doctors and nurses who care for America's wounded troops on the battlefield and in hospitals get their due in Fighting for Life.
  5. There are some heartbreaking moments here, from the reactions of recent amputees to the tearful doctors and nurses trying hard to remain professional. And there is no question that Sanders has discovered a worthy subject. He just hasn't found the right way to approach it.
  6. Reviewed by: Matt Zoller Seitz
    60
    Some of the most upsetting images are from a century and a half ago: Mathew Brady photos of the Battle of Antietam during the Civil War, the conflict that gave birth to modern battlefield surgery.
  7. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    60
    Director Terry Sanders's goal of comprehensiveness and some bad sequencing prevents the film from achieving the ringing purity of John Huston's postwar doc "Let There Be Light."
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