The Hornet's Nest

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  • Summary: This is the story of our most valiant soldiers and Marines, told through the narrative of a father and son, attempting to reconnect under unimaginable circumstances, who are assigned to cover the conflict for one of the United States’ major broadcast networks.


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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    Jun 5, 2014
    Tureaud and Salzberg achieve their potent impact through the straightforward (but clearly admiring) observation of men who band together in battle and, in the film’s emotionally stirring final scenes, mourn their fallen comrades.
  2. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    May 22, 2014
    The Hornet's Nest serves as a somewhat effective bonding exercise for father and son. But the best of what it has to offer moves beyond that, and puts us alongside the people fighting a daily battle and, sometimes, heartbreakingly, losing the fight.
  3. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    May 29, 2014
    The Afghanistan war documentary The Hornet's Nest is a kinetic, immersive experience, particularly in its deeply felt human moments.
  4. Reviewed by: Daniel M. Gold
    May 29, 2014
    The Hornet’s Nest lets its soldiers do most of the talking. The action — the rapid fire of automatic weapons, the crack of a sniper’s shot, the medevac rescues — is vivid.
  5. Reviewed by: Chris Klimek
    Jun 5, 2014
    An important film despite some baffling presentational choices.
  6. Reviewed by: Andrew Lapin
    Jun 11, 2014
    The filmmakers don’t bother to dig into the psychology of their subjects, or even get to know them as anything more than symbols.
  7. Reviewed by: Tomas Hachard
    May 26, 2014
    It becomes clear pretty quickly that Mike and Carlos Boettcher's insider perspective allows for close to no context beyond what their cameras directly capture.
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  1. Dec 6, 2014
    Emotionally manipulative, heavy-handed, pro-American war propaganda that gets by solely on the visceral impact of the war scenes. The attemptEmotionally manipulative, heavy-handed, pro-American war propaganda that gets by solely on the visceral impact of the war scenes. The attempt to shoe-horn in how this is a story about a father and son attempting to 'bond' is an absolute failure; we don't get a genuine focus on these two men when they are shooting footage side-by-side and the son leaves mid-picture. The narrative becomes disjointed, if it already wasn't fairly incoherent. This is not Restrepo, not even Korengal. I feel for our soldiers fighting overseas, but this doc doesn't serve them the way they deserve. Also, the score is so over-the-top, laughably bombastic, almost, that it underplays the real tension that unfolds onscreen. The troops deserve better, and so do audiences for that matter. Expand