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  • Summary: A fictional story inspired by true events, Redacted is a unique cinematic experience that will force viewers to radically reconsider the filters through which we see and accept events in our world, as well as the power of the mediated image and how presentation and composition influence our ideas and beliefs. A profound meditation on the way information is packaged, distributed, and received in an era with infinite channels of communication, Redacted uses a variety of created source material--video diaries, produced documentary, surveillance footage, online testimonials, news pieces--to comment on the extreme disconnect between the surface of an image and the reality of ideas and the truth, especially in times of strife. Centered around a small group of American soldiers stationed at a checkpoint in Iraq, Redacted alternates points of view, balancing the experiences of these young men under duress, as well as the perspective of members of the media, with the viewpoint of the local Iraqi people, and illuminates how each have been deeply affected by the current conflict and through their encounters with each other. The charged apotheosis of Brian De Palma's filmmaking career, Redacted caps off a body of work that has explored the politics of image-making and reception more fully than any living filmmaker. (Magnolia) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 30
  2. Negative: 4 out of 30
  1. De Palma's screenplay is outstanding, and he draws wonderfully naturalistic performances from his youthful cast.
  2. 75
    Redacted is a bristling act of protest that obliterates a target it isn't aiming for.
  3. It isn't elegiac, but enraged. It doesn't look back with sorrow, but forward in dread. And it's made with a clear intention - to stop the Iraq war.
  4. Like "Lions for Lambs," Redacted is more significant in its sense of purpose than its uneven execution.
  5. 58
    As an expression of from-the-gut anti-war rage, Redacted is admirable, but as art, it's undercooked.
  6. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    50
    Deeply felt but dramatically unconvincing "fictional documentary" -- inspired by the March 2006 rape and killings by U.S. troops in Mahmoudiya, south of Baghdad -- has almost nothing new to say about the Iraq situation and can't make up its mind about how to package its anger in an alternative cinematic form.
  7. The Americans are portrayed with varying degrees of loathsomeness, but there's not much variety in the film. It's all an awful aberration.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 38
  2. Negative: 22 out of 38

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