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The Hornet's Nest is a groundbreaking and immersive feature film, using unprecedented real footage to tell the story of an elite group of U.S. troops sent on a dangerous mission deep inside one of Afghanistan s most hostile valleys. The film culminates with what was planned as a single day strike turning into nine intense days of harrowing combat against an invisible, hostile enemy in the country s complex terrain where no foreign troops have ever dared to go before. Two embedded journalists, a father and son, bravely followed the troops through the fiercest and most blood-soaked battlegrounds of the conflict. What resulted is an intensely raw feature film experience that will give audiences a deeply emotional and authentic view of the heroism at the center of this gripping story.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medR R (Restricted)
- Product Dimensions : 6.5 x 5.25 x 0.3 inches; 2.4 Ounces
- Item model number : HIGD3476BR
- Director : Christian Turead, David Salzberg
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 37 minutes
- Release date : September 9, 2014
- Actors : Mike Boettcher, Carlos Boettcher
- Subtitles: : English
- Studio : Hornets Nest
- ASIN : B00L1TML1U
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #115,127 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Overall, the narration seemed contrived and like an audition tape for a news reporter/anchor position. The title may be called "The Hornet's Nest" but maybe 30-35% of the movie is actually about the soldier's experience in the valley. And when I say 30-35% of it being the soldier's experience, I really mean 15-20% because the rest of the time was dedicated to Boettcher and his experience. A common theme I've seen in any critical review of the film is that Boettcher is too superfluous, almost self-indulgent in his narration and the way he navigates his time of Afghanistan.The first half of the film is dedicated to something completely personal and unrelated: Mike goes on about how he was a poor father who was never around while his kids were growing up and now this life-threatening trip to Afghanistan would be a great opportunity to reconnect with his son who has absolutely no combat experience. From that moment forward, every experience is tinted with Boettcher's personal stake in it - how the experience scared him/affected him, what he was thinking and feeling throughout enemy fire. Even when his son isn't around, it continues to be this self self-absorbed ego-trip for Boettcher who just seems to be coming to grips with the fact that he's aging and can't embed much longer. When tragedy strikes, all he really has to say about it is, "How do you process that... as a reporter with a camera?... you don't." That's just not what this film should have been about.
One incredibly insensitive and condescending moment stood out though. When Boettcher is explaining the actions taken by a particular soldier during a firefight, this is what he has to say, "In the middle of this battle, specialist Lindskog, this timid young man who you wouldn't expect would do anything heroic, runs through this hail of gunfire to try to save his fellow soldiers and another afghan soldier." I'm sorry but every man and woman who becomes a member of our military is heroic. Their job is to is to do the things you and I are not necessarily capable of doing, at the risk of their own life, for the protection of our entire country. That is brave. And that is heroic. Maybe Boettcher was just trying to frame the scene but, regardless, it was patronizing and incredibly crass.
The only reason I would suggest this film is to see and appreciate the footage for it's compelling, raw and captivating content. Otherwise, the story is a disappointing homage to a war correspondent-with-an-Achilles-Complex's career that is inching ever closer to retirement.
In light of this footage of immense quality, I find it... unfortunate that Mike Boettcher felt so compelled to attempt to dramatize this material. What I can only describe as Lifetime movie grade monologues about himself, his career, and his attempts at attempting to rekindle his waning relationship with his son completely ruin this film. I will not go so far as to declare this work disrespectful on his part as I have a very different view of the service than many. I will, however, say that it was completely unnecessary and very much detracted from the otherwise immensely compelling footage. You don't need to engage in creative editing about your son catching a round on a ridge side and dying, when people were actually dying, captured on footage so clear it had my heart rate over 100BPM sitting in a chair. There was no need to introduce your own drama, there was plenty to be had.
Mr. Boettcher is a war corespondent, and in his rush for fame he seems to have forgotten that. You are there to report on the war, not produce a creative melodrama with Afghani scenery and gun fire in the backdrop. It is because of these intertwining scenes of melodrama I am forced to remove three stars from what would have otherwise been a flawless and unbelievably realistic photo thesis on modern combat. This documentary could have been so much more, could have been so close to perfect. Instead, it was turned into a mediocre and unpalatable docudrama. If this film had been half the length due to the endless ramblings and reality TV grade false crisis being edited out, it would have been a five star production. As it is now, I personaly find it a waste of the finest combat footage to ever emerge.
If you were looking for a documentary that focuses on life on the front line for U.S. troops and not the journalists capturing the video, watch Restrepo and then Korengal.
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The bullets are real. The explosions are real. The emotions are real. The holy crap I think I need a change of pants moments are real. There is no acting. There are no special effects. This movie leaves you jaw dropped mouth agape and just stunned.
This is the most intense documentary I've ever seen and I've watched hours on end of WWII footage. The reporters are right next to the soldiers as bullets are hitting inches away. Its insane!
What are you still reading this for? GET THE MOVIE!
No es un engaño, ya que en la web aparece que solo esta en ingles, solo pretendo dar informacion de mejora.
Seria muy facil añadir la traducción y/o con subtitulos en castellano.