Generally favorable reviews- based on 73 Ratings
Jan 2, 2011This movie is just boring. If you realize that war sucks because people die, you wont see or feel anything new. Movie critics walk on eggThis movie is just boring. If you realize that war sucks because people die, you wont see or feel anything new. Movie critics walk on egg shells around the subject of dead soldiers, but it doesn't make it an interesting documentary.… Full Review »
Aug 20, 2010I'm a huge war film and documentary fan and a high school history teacher so I had high expectations about this film and was certainly notI'm a huge war film and documentary fan and a high school history teacher so I had high expectations about this film and was certainly not disappointed. This was clearly one of the most powerful war movies I've ever seen. I never got a sense that the soldiers or the filmmakers had a clear point of view about the war or their role but that, in and of itself, says much about the overall U.S./Afghanistan policy. I couldn't help but see frightening glimpses of Vietnam, Iraq, and Korea. History certainly repeats itself and we (the U.S.) seemingly never learn our lesson; however, this movie proves that sending young, innocent men into harm's way for cloudy objectives is too often the default and demented policy of a nation too quick with the trigger finger and an egomaniacal attitude. I highly recommend seeing this movie and I intend on showing it to my students when it comes out on DVD.… Full Review »
Sep 24, 2014There's something not right about this documentary.
It frames the soldiers as home-spun, good-natured boys with the bricks stacked againstThere's something not right about this documentary.
It frames the soldiers as home-spun, good-natured boys with the bricks stacked against them in an almost-indefensible outpost in the middle of no-man's land. But no questions are ever answered.
What were they doing there in the first place, other than provoking the locals?
Was there any strategic reason to be there?
Why does the camera linger so much on scenes when they break down and cry for their fallen comrades, then offer little judgement or lingering on the counterpoint moments when they're joyfully gunning down the enemy, celebrating that they made their heads explode - in full knowledge that that soldier's parents are most likely just down the road from them?
How long can we hear about how demoralised, distraught and emotionally-scarred these soldiers are before we turn a single thought towards the people surrounding them?
In essence, this comes across, to me at least, as a politically-motivated propaganda piece in the guise of a non-authorial documentary.
For all that, it is interesting - but seldom compelling.… Full Review »