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  1. Dec 6, 2014
    4
    Emotionally 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 becomesEmotionally 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
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Generally favorable reviews - based on 7 Critics

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  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: Andrew Lapin
    Jun 11, 2014
    40
    The filmmakers don’t bother to dig into the psychology of their subjects, or even get to know them as anything more than symbols.
  2. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    Jun 5, 2014
    80
    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.
  3. Reviewed by: Chris Klimek
    Jun 5, 2014
    70
    An important film despite some baffling presentational choices.