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One of every four homeless in America is a vet.
Desertion is a record high; higher than in a generation, five thousand each year. The suicide rate among vets is at an all time high. Often we read the phrase, "Not since Vietnam . . ."
Casualties are at an all time high, and remain undercounted. Body armour keeps people alive without limbs and vision, etc. And we still refuse to count the civilian collateral damage now in seven figures by reliable sources, the same women, peasants and children we claim to liberate, now under two Bush invasions of this impoverished yet petroleum rich land. The grave is no liberation.
Our ally Turkey invades our allies the Kurds in Iraq, and like papa Bush we desert our Kurdish allies now again.
And Halliburton's Cheney and company want no strings attached funding world without end, now passing two TRILLION dollars, while our own children go without health care, and don't ge tme started on our domestic woes and injustices and suffering and political-economic immorality.
In his recent Apostolic Exhortation Sacramentum Caritatis: el Sacramento de la Caridad: una Exhortacion Apostolica Postsinodal, Our Holy Father, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI prophetically cries how our consciences must cry out to see that a small part of what we spend on war could ease the hunger of the world's vast majority, who are desperately poor.Read more ›
Redacted shows the true nature of the Iraq War the way mainstream media totally ignored it. From the shocking incident in one of the checkpoints to the horrific rape and murder of an innocent Iraqi girl, it portrays the soldiers in Iraq not as heroes, but someone who illegally occupy a defenseless nation based on lies and created a living hell for Iraqis. They are some good soldiers in this film, but this movie paints a grim picture about the realities facing the nation during its' brutal occupation. I especially like the performance of one of the internet bloggers near the end and I was heartbroken seeing the real life photos of "collateral damage" before the end credits. Brain De Palma's directorial work is as excellent for a low budget movie as he does with his earlier bigger fare like Scarface and The Untouchable.
Too bad this movie faded out of near existence compared to the tamer and mainstream-friendly The Hurt Locker. I recommend Redacted to everyone to wanted to see the true reality of this immoral and unjust war.
About the director; He is the same guy who directed Scarface, one of the best movies of all time. He is also not someone who has an agenda like some of you have suggested.
About the acting; Its not an oscar worthy performances, but its real. If they were any better, the movie would be BS.
About the movie; If you cant stand this movie, maybe you cant stand the truth. It is based on a true story. One girl, Abeer Qassim, was gang raped, shot in the head, set on fire while her parents were in another room and were also shot and burned to death. This is one incident. Can anyone assure me that something like it did not happen somewhere else in Iraq. Can you guarantee me that no other 14 year old girl was gang raped and killed by US soldiers. I give so much credit to the director because he had the testicular fortitude to let the people get a taste of what our brave troops are doing. Dont get me wrong, not all our troops are rapists or killers. But how many get drunk and end up raping girls or women or go out to waste some ragheads? We need to understand one thing from this movie and it is that some people become terrorists because they have no other choice. With actions like Abu Grhaib, Haditha or other massacres of innocent people or the raping of little girls, there will always be new terrorists. 9-11 does not justify the raping of little girls in Iraq nor does it justify putting 85,000 Iraqi civilians in body bags according to Iraqbodycount. We need to reevaluate our policies toward the Middle East for the next 100 years if we really want to live in Peace.Read more ›
I had an issue with the depiction of soldiers in the movie. Well, not the soldiers that are in the movie, the ones offscreen. The vast majority of US soldiers are honorably doing an honorable job, with plenty of their enemies constantly trying to provoke them. Those soldiers are not shown in Redacted and there is no reminder whatsoever that the ones shown are an anomaly. That said, the murders depicted did happen and there was no way to dress it up and make the motives of those people look good. There is a rape that happens with the soldier holding a camera, filming it as it happens and the rest of the other soldiers trouncing through the house, and then afterward a local man talking about it, apparently this was a scene that caused some controversy when it was thought to be a real scene when in reality it was filmed using actors and not at all actual footage. The scenes are glossy and beautiful, and there is an underlying theme that is witty, gritty and it has its moments that make you laugh. This is mostly an action film that is not one for you if you want dialogue and lines but very dramatic and and hard to take your eyes off of, it does a wonderful job of revealing what goes on behind the scenes while being entertaining and leaving an impression that is memorable. When I get a chance to check out more films of this genre I am sure I will remember this one as being the best lately. Overall, recommended.
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Virtually a mockumentary version of DePalma's "Casualties of War" with a contemporary Middle Eastern setting. Like "CoW" this is also based on an actual event. Read morePublished 15 months ago by TelegramSam
I hate how doing the right thing is not always doing the right thing. Why are people criminalizing the truth?? You rape, murder, steal, kill etc... Read morePublished on June 30, 2013 by Joseph Pete
Insulting portrayal of how soldiers deal with internal struggles and the horrible realities of war. Seems a thinly veiled attempt to make a political statement about the war. Read morePublished on June 3, 2013 by Mike
This film is one of the most inaccurate films I have ever seen. I was deployed in Iraq when that war crime happened, and I can tell you that the friends I had in B company, every... Read morePublished on May 31, 2013 by domingo
I would not have paid to own this but worth the time to watch it for free with Amazon Prime.Published on May 25, 2013 by Rosey
I've watched Redacted and read most of the reviews about the film. It seems that most of the negative comments comes from those who will forever believe that Georgie
Bush, his... Read more
I have nothing against anti-war films. However this was just bad in general,bad acting,bad character development, Dis-jointed editing and unrealistic portrayal of journalists and... Read morePublished on September 12, 2012 by Major Pain
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