Gunner Palace DVD
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The things they don't feel the need to discuss with us, because to them it isn't news. I figured if my husband won't tell me I might find it in this movie.
I am sure I caught a glimpse of the macabre humor that he and I have always shared. If you joke about it enough you can get through it. If you are looking for Platoon, this is not the film for you. If you are looking for uncomfortable reality, this is it. This isn't Hollywood, and that was my favorite thing about it. There is no message, there is no happy ending. Tom Hanks doesn't die in the end or walk off into the sunset. It doesn't really end. It goes on still. There is no neat and tidy tie up at the end when all the subplots come together.This is Life. This is reality for countless men and women. This is not eating bugs or jumping a car off a ramp, this is the real Fear Factor. See how they deal with it. See the look in their eyes.
I loved every minute of it. I loved it's humor and it's stark reality. Mostly I loved Wilf.
When I saw Gunner Palace, I tried to view the movie as a major Hollywood production and maintain distance from the "actors". Somewhere in the middle of the movie, I realized that the director, Michael Tucker, was holding the camera, riding with the troops and putting his own life at risk to show people like me, safe in the US, safe in our jobs what our employees and neighbors were experiencing in Iraq.
When the director shared with us the death of Ben Colgan, this hit home and I was jolted back to the reality that these young men and women are not actors. I appreciate that Michael Tucker and Petra Epperlein had the courage to show us the reality of this war. Gunner Palace gives us permission to talk about our own fears and axieties about this war without being told what to think. Our soldiers deserve our support as I am sure they would support people viewing and buying this movie.
Congratulations to the Directors (Michael Tucker and Petra Epperlein) for having the courage to create this movie.
As a documentary, this is pretty lame stuff. In an effort to remain politically neutral (at least, I'm guessing that's the reason...) the director refrains from saying anything at all, or from letting the soldiers say anything at all, that has any real bearing on the situation they're in. There's no context, in other words. There's no discussion of why they're in Iraq, if they're succeeding in their goals or not, what they suppose those goals to be, how they feel about being there, etc. Instead, we get a lot of footage of soldiers jumping into the swimming pool, goofing around in their off-hours, and doing raps. Lots and lots of raps.
I'm guessing that the director is really interested in rapping. Either that, or the soldiers in Iraq really spend half their waking hours rapping to one another. Seems unlikely...
Beyond that, the chronology of the movie is confusing. About 2/3 through the film, the director leaves Iraq, with the expected cliches about "I had mixed feelings about leaving... for me, home was only 10 hours away. For these guys, though, the war would continue." and so on... he goes home... we see footage of his kitchen as he makes some tea (?), footage of his daughter holding a sparkler (???), and he dramatically reads aloud an email about one of the soldiers being killed shortly after he left Iraq.
So, you'd think that would be the end of the movie.
But, no. Instead, it goes on from there. So, my question is, if he's gone home...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I only bought it because my husband is in it but it is a good documentary if you want to see first hand only a small part of what they did over there.Published 12 months ago by amber
I served with the guys from 2/3 FA. This movie brings back memories of some of the greatest men i have ever known.Published 15 months ago by KT
I found this dvd to be very informative and educational. I would highly recommend this to anybody that likes this kind of moviePublished 23 months ago by scott davis
Watch out for this one, it was actually made in 2004, during the re-election, and it plays like a very manipulative commercial for the war and for staying the course in Iraq. Read morePublished on February 28, 2014 by Budas Root