Oscilloscope | Release Date: March 15, 2019
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SeussMyTubMar 22, 2019
A searing documentary based on footage filmed by US Marines in Afghanistan. It's along the same lines as Restrepo, and in many ways its more honest. You have young men being placed in impossible situations, trying to win a war that shouldn'tA searing documentary based on footage filmed by US Marines in Afghanistan. It's along the same lines as Restrepo, and in many ways its more honest. You have young men being placed in impossible situations, trying to win a war that shouldn't even be fought. They try their best, but when one doesn't speak the language or cant tell who the enemy is, then its a surefire recipe for disaster. Anyone who is interested in the war on terror ought to see it. Expand
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CWescApr 12, 2019
This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The critics that reviewed this poorly, clearly didn't understand the intent of the movie. Its supposed to give you the chaotic and tense fights in a blur between being on patrol, spending time with the men around you, and dealing with the effects of patrolling. There's not supposed to be a cut and seamless transition between the action and the downtime, because of the situation they're in and face daily. For example when the guy was up on the roof of the hut calling out where they're taking fire from and someone tells him not to get shot, there's an instant feeling of foreboding and in an instant the relative safety they had with their man up on the roof letting them know how close they are is cut down. From having knowledge of what you're about to face to having a man down with a round that's gone through kevlar and into the brain, immediately there's a sense of hopelessness. The movie was never meant to be portray the Corp in a perfect or propaganda-esque depiction. It shows the true grit of being in the Infantry, and how quick your are threatened, there's a bend and a break moment throughout the deployment, once the men have reached their breaking point they think irrationally and only care to preserve themselves and the men around them. For example during a firefight with the taliban hiding in the ridge inside the caves Lagoze turns the camera on a soldier and the immediate response is "We should just blow everything up". Soon following that Lagoze is shot at by a taliban sniper narrowly missing him, and when he moves to get better cover a 30mm hits about 5 meters in front of him, injuring a soldier and Lagoze himself. There's moments when the scene by scene style captures the tension slowly building and building, another example of how it shows exactly the emotions the marines are feeling is the entirety of when they're in the village with 3 or 4 POIs and they spend the entire day there waiting for them to bring them in. Immediately in the next scene the marines are back at Alcatraz debriefing and being told by the CO or SL that they have to cut all of the men free. In the end the movie sums up everything infantry feel being stuck around an outpost all day for contact and to be cut down at every turn. Expand
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