Roadside Attractions | Release Date: June 23, 2006
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MartinA.Jul 2, 2006
The fictional reenactment of the trip to Kandahar may be the weak point of this "documentary", while the flashbacks to "happy occidental times" is the low point. There was no need to make these guys more likeable, more occidental (the Gap The fictional reenactment of the trip to Kandahar may be the weak point of this "documentary", while the flashbacks to "happy occidental times" is the low point. There was no need to make these guys more likeable, more occidental (the Gap shirt, to some level the language), or more "clean". That's not the point. The subject is strong enough by itself. Even if these men were going to fight for Afghanistan - and not seek a giant naan - does that legitimate Guantanamo? To me the whole story lies there: even Saddam is having a fair trial (or so it seems). Something like Guantanamo is a shame to any nation that prides itself as "democratic". Expand
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FantasyJun 28, 2006
A masterpiece of both style & techique. Winterbottom's film is biased to the left, of course, but don't let that offend you. He's onto something deeper in this deeply unsettling, absolutely mesmerizing work. Winterbottom A masterpiece of both style & techique. Winterbottom's film is biased to the left, of course, but don't let that offend you. He's onto something deeper in this deeply unsettling, absolutely mesmerizing work. Winterbottom brings punk chick to the partisan documentary. His shaky camera, untrained actors, and real locations puts us right in the argument. We've all seen talking heads onscreen before, here we have no such luck...so much the better. Expand
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JustinS.Jul 13, 2006
I'm a little confused about which parts are reenacted. Were the scenes in Guantanamo based on their memories? If not, who filmed what was going on and how did they get the tapes off the base? I agree that the scenes of the trip to I'm a little confused about which parts are reenacted. Were the scenes in Guantanamo based on their memories? If not, who filmed what was going on and how did they get the tapes off the base? I agree that the scenes of the trip to Kandahar and the flashbacks seemed superfluous. Even though they have no good explanation of why they went to Afghanistan, their treatment while in custody is inexcusable. If this movie is accurate, many of the allegations against the US are true; abuse of prisoners, forcing prisoner into stress positions for hours, exposure to the elements, threats with vicious dogs, exposure to loud music and flashing lights while in solitary confinement, preventing the prisoners from religious worship, even desecrating the Qur'an. I pretty sure most, if not alk, of this is a violation of the prisoners' human rights. If all this is true, then I am ashamed to be an American and disgusted with the people in uniform and the leaders who represent this country. I don't believe for one second that the soldiers shown abusing the three men are just rogues. Expand
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