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  • Summary: This documentary is an unflinchingly candid portrait of a squad of American soldiers deployed in the doomed Iraq city of Falluja during the winter of 2004. (Rumur Releasing)
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. Has an intimate, personal quality. Rather than showboating for the camera, the soldiers get to a deeper level, conveying a surprisingly reflective and aware sensibility.
  2. Straightforward and immensely powerful, the movie offers a blunt assessment of the war from soldiers currently fighting it, and their perspective is not pretty.
  3. Reviewed by: Jessica Winter
    Superb documentary.
  4. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Occupation: Dreamland presents a compelling study of composure and decency in the midst of overwhelming pointlessness.
  5. 70
    A fair-minded (but hardly apolitical) grunt's-eye view of the war in Iraq that trusts the audience to draw its own conclusions.
  6. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Their stories add up to an unflattering picture of how the U.S. chooses its soldiers.
  7. It's a movie with the exciting parts cut out.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. JeffS.
    Sep 27, 2005
    Every American should see this film.
  2. zj
    Oct 2, 2005
    Those looking for a shoot'em-up testosterone fix will be sorely disappointed. Instead, this movie documents the day-to-day experience of the everyman soldier, the irony being that even though no one in the unit dies during the filming, the whole exercise of the occupation nonetheless comes off just as pointless, misguided and ultimately tragic. Expand
  3. AddyP.
    Sep 26, 2005
    This film is advertised as "The Falluja Film", but it was filmed almost two years ago and has little to do with the two battles for Falluja--in April and November 2004. Viewer beware. It's pretty tame stuff, but offers some insight into the lives of ordinary US troops. Expand