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Redacted (2008)

Patrick Carroll , Rob Devaney , Brian De Palma  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Patrick Carroll, Rob Devaney, Izzy Diaz, Ty Jones, Anas Wellman
  • Directors: Brian De Palma
  • Writers: Brian De Palma
  • Producers: Christopher Matson, Eric Schwab, Gretchen McGowan, Jason Kliot, Jennifer Weiss
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Magnolia
  • DVD Release Date: February 19, 2008
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #231,141 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Redacted" on IMDb

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Brian De Palma’s ferocious Redacted is one of a number of cinematic protests against the Iraq War and the withholding of information and images about the war from the U.S. public. But it is also shares De Palma’s perennial interest in the relationship between film and violence, a relationship that has changed significantly in the real world because of the Internet, cable news, and the ubiquity of camcorders on the ground in Iraq. In a world more intent than ever on watching everything, De Palma has fashioned Redacted to look like a daisy chain of found footage taken from disparate sources. These include an American soldier’s video journal (which, not insignificantly, is also supposed to be that soldier’s audition piece for film school), a French documentary, a security camera at the edge of an army compound, and streaming video online from insurgents and military families alike. Taken together, Redacted recreates the kind of Iraq War scenes we’ve heard about for years: soldiers kidnapped or felled by booby traps, pregnant women and children shot by American guards at military checkpoints because Iraqi drivers misunderstand orders, etc. With mood and setting firmly established, Redacted then tells the story of an atrocity ripped from headlines in 2006: the rape and murder of an Iraqi teen, as well as the murder of her family, by American soldiers who then proceed to cover up their crime. Meanwhile, other soldiers, well-meaning witnesses to what happened, implode with doubt and uncertainty about what to do. In a way, Redacted is really about the paralysis of ordinary Americans confronted by the horror of our collective misjudgment about Iraq. It's a work of fiction using actors, meaning that De Palma employs a verisimilitude which sometimes doesn’t sit well with anyone who has seen a lot of Iraq War documentaries featuring real troops and real Iraqis. But De Palma is trying to do something very difficult, i.e., make the case that in war, truth really is the first casualty. --Tom Keogh

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A fictional story inspired by true events, Redacted is a feature film centered around a small group of American soldiers stationed at a checkpoint in Iraq. Redacted alternates points of view between these soldiers, the media and the local Iraqi people, illuminating how each group is deeply affected by the current conflict and their encounters with each other.

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking and very real Iraq War drama November 17, 2012
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This movie is more grounded and more realistic than other Iraq War movies like the presumably "support our troops" fare like The Hurt Locker.

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.
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not Good September 12, 2012
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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 military personnel. I would not recommend this for even the most the avid anti-Iraq war activist. The Iraq war sucked but so did this movie.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dramatic fun October 25, 2011
Had to see what the controversy was with this one, and this is an action film in a documentary style that is fast and will hold your attention.

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.

Aryan Somers
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23 of 37 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Anti US Military August 4, 2009
I did a tour of duty in Iraq, I was personally involved with the Tucker & Menchata case (the two real U.S. soldiers who got kidnapped, tortured and killed in a so-called revenge for the rape and murder of an Iraqi girl), and this film made me sick. It does NOT represent the real war, the constant threats coalition forces are facing, neither all the good (such as rebuilding their schools, water and electricity plants, roads, etc) we do in Iraq everyday. Then the photos showed at the end of the movie are NOT the victims of American soldiers. Let's remember that there is a huge sectarial level of violence in Iraq (between Sunnis, Shiiates, Kurdes and Christian, for instance), and that MOST Iraqis are killed by other Iraqis, not by us. All these children shown at the end of the movie were killed by other Iraqis, not by American forces. Further, I can tell you that the two psycho soldiers depicted in the movie, drinking and breaking every Army rules, are not depicting the real thing. Iraq is not Vietnam, and there is no way any commander would let their soldiers do the type of stupid things you see in the movie.

I did not like that movie, it's an insult to the real Iraq war veterans. It only depicts a couple of crazy morons, NOT the millions of servicemembers who served honorably in Iraq.
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars De Palma's Anti-War Masterpiece... June 16, 2011
This is hailed by a LOT of critics as an utter masterpiece that leaves them breathless. I agree. If you have read any of my other reviews, you'll see that I am a very huge fan of Brian De Palma's. I love every film he has ever made! But, don't let that distract from my opinion of this film. It's a film like this that makes me favor his work so much. Yes, there are some very scathing reviews of this film on here (and all over the web), but there are some really glowing one's as well; and, rightly so!

First off, this is NOT a 'war film', but an 'anti-war' film. Yes, Brian had the b*lls to make a statement declaring how awful this whole war mess in Iraq really is. And, the results are magnificent. This is possibly the most powerful piece of anti-war propaganda since Kubrick's "Paths of Glory", and/or De Palma's own "Hi, Mom!". Comparable in plot to his film "Casualties of War", De Palma used the 'raped-girl-murdered-family' theme here to symbolize the whole brutality and senselessness that is war. And, the whole 'raping of a nation' that it encompasses.

This is not just a film to make you feel proud to be an American, but to make you feel glad to celebrate the fact that there is some Human decency still left in some of us. Yes, there are criticisms about the acting in this...Wow, some people just don't have a clue! The acting in this is spot on perfect! It is not a 'Hollywood-piece-of-crap' saturated with such generic quality that makes me wanna barf. This is supposed to come across as reality, and it does! I am still stumped by the fact that this film was considered so 'controversial'.

Brian utilizes film techniques that he hasn't done since the radical days of the 1960's, when he was more of a guerrilla style filmmaker.
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1.0 out of 5 stars May be true but...
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 more
Published 13 months ago by Joseph Pete
1.0 out of 5 stars weak
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 more
Published 13 months ago by M. Purdue
1.0 out of 5 stars Too bad I can't give it a zero!
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 more
Published 14 months ago by domingo
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth A Watch
I would not have paid to own this but worth the time to watch it for free with Amazon Prime.
Published 14 months ago by Rosey
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Published 16 months ago by Barry Mccall
5.0 out of 5 stars The truth of WAR!!!!
This movie was not released in the sense that genric Hollywood sense of touch and for good reason. It is a film for the mature. Read more
Published 23 months ago by KittyScratchesBooks
2.0 out of 5 stars Bad Writing/Acting Make Subject Irrelevent
Amateur hour. Can't believe De Palma made this. Just because you don't get big name actors dosen't mean they have to be terrible.
Published on May 8, 2011 by Kringle
2.0 out of 5 stars Could have been better, but way too biased
In the right hands, with the right script, actors, etc, this could have been a powerful, devastating movie. Instead, we get an obvious antiwar movie. Read more
Published on January 24, 2011 by Crackshot
2.0 out of 5 stars Bad acting, unrealistic
The depiction of Army soldiers in this film is not accurate. Sure there are some 'psychopaths' in the Army but the military does a fairly good job of weeding out these people, and... Read more
Published on April 25, 2010 by P. Steen
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