Severe Clear

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  • Summary: Severe Clear is based on the memoir by First Lieutenant Mike Scotti as well as video footage shot by him and other members of 1st Battalion, 4th Marines on the outset of the 2003 invasion of Iraq. (Sirk Productions)

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  1. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Scotti's amateur camerawork proves strangely compelling.
  2. It offers a much needed personal perspective on a subject that is too often reduced to political arguments.
  3. At its most provocative, Severe Clear pungently evokes a heroic Marine Corps mystique.
  4. His first-person perspective is unexpectedly frank as he shares some extremely dark moments -- spurred by increasing anger and doubt -- that civilians rarely get to see.
  5. 60
    A potent reminder of how thankless a soldier's job is.
  6. Like the big-budget thriller “Green Zone,” which is also opening this week, Kristian Fraga’s documentary catapults us back to the chaos of Iraq circa 2003. But instead of action figure Matt Damon, we get garish, staccato images and hard-bitten voiceover from First Lieutenant Mike Scotti.
  7. 38
    Much of this footage might have been illuminating, even fascinating, in 2003. But seven years on, it's ancient history lacking insight, hindsight or a fresh take.

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