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Gary Sinise, the accomplished movie actor (and the male lead in the CSI: New York TV series), saw this documentary at the 2008 GI Film Festival and decided that it was a film that needed to be more widely seen and appreciated. He committed much of his own time and energy into getting BROTHERS AT WAR into movie theaters across the US. Sinise has been on TV talk shows and some of the cable networks promoting the film to provide Americans with a stark look at the impact of war on the families of those serving in harm's way, as well as on the military service members themselves during their tours in Iraq and when back home.
While not spell-binding, there are enough intense incidents in this behind-the-scenes documentary for viewers to understand the tension, shock & angst that soldiers experience on a daily basis during their tours. There is one especially graphic scene of an Iraqi soldier gravely wounded by an IED explosion.
The overall mood of the film is somber. Even the scenes back in Raeford, NC, which is brother Isaac Rademacher's home near Fort Bragg military base, are intense. The brotherly interplay appears light-hearted at first glance, but watching & listening closely to veterans Isaac & Joe Rademacher will reveal underlying deep, withheld traumatic memories & feelings that all combat veterans carry with them for most of their lives.
It appears some sibling rivalry ensues leaving Jake feeling inferior in the presence of such powerful brothers; brothers who knew Iraq inside out and, had, so far, survived to tell the tale. Jake's mission became one of proving to himself and, his brothers, that he could have enough true-grit to dance in harm's way, while showing the world a different perspective of the effects of war---a personal perspective. He succeeded on ALL counts! I can only hope he made his brothers' proud!
This is not a pro, or anti-war film; it remains neutral. The focus is simply about the day-to-day life of soldiers in Iraq---their missions, what they talk about, deep thoughts and realistic fears. It also moves back and forth between Iraq and the US, showing many of the negative family dynamics that erupt when a loved one is at war, particularly after repeat missions. It explores how it changes the personality---the outlook of life. Often, forever. This is not a blood and guts film; there is only one scene that shows graphic war injuries. This is a psychological journey.
My husband and I sat speechless for this 121 minute film. We were amazed at the access that Jake obtained to join such dangerous missions.Read more ›
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Loved this documentary. It was so natural and l felt like I had known this family all my life. The brother made the right decision to change his career field to film. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
With the volume turned all the way up I can't hear for s***. No, I do not have hearing issues. Very sorry I spent the money on this.Published 8 months ago by John Stonesypher
Documentary shows what family members are going through with their loved ones serving to provide stability in the world.Published 9 months ago by Jerry Taniyama