The Hornet's Nest
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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 US 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.
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Couple of comments: this documentary is outstanding on so many levels, I hardly know where to begin. First, this is the best documentary that I have seen that truly gives you an idea about what things were/are like for our troops fighting the Taliban. The embedded journalists literally put their lives on the line as well, so as to bring us this incredible footage. Second, the documentary also gives us a glimpse into the utter absurdity of life in a war zone. While bullets are flying, we see people, including children, in the background, walking or on their bikes, Third, and most importantly, the documentary gives rarely before seen insights on how the men and women in our military are true heroes, in every sense of the word, fighting an "invisible" enemy (nickname for the Taliban: "ghosts") in a faraway land under impossible circumstances, all so that you and I can go about our daily routine here at home in the US. Regardless of how one feels about the merits of these wars, we owe all of these men and women our thanks and appreciation, and then some. For reasons that I don't want to spoil here, the last 10 min. of the documentary will stay with me for a long, long time. Earlier this year the movie "Lone Survivor" was a big box office success, and with good reason. But I must tell you that "The Hornet's Nest' is better, for no other reason that this is REAL, not just a Hollywood version of what has happened in Afghanistan.
"The Hornet's Nest" opened this weekend out of the blue, without any pre-release fanfare or buzz, at my local art-house theatre here in Cincinnati. When I went to see it today, I had a private screening, as in: I literally was the only person in the theatre. What a shame. But no matter, hopefully this documentary will find a wide audience once it's available on DVD/Blu-ray. If you want to get a true picture of what life is like for our military fighting the Taliban, you owe it to yourself to see this, be it in the theater or on DVD/Blu-ray. "The Hornet's Nest" is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
The Taliban leader and the mountainside "city" where he resided was really amazing, but created a death trap for the Marines once they arrived and took efforts to locate "Mohammed Mullah whatever". It appeared as a Taos-like resort built into the mountainside, and probably housed thousands of Afghani's at it's peak. The Afghani's learned well how to combat a rotor winged force during their fight against the Russians during the Eighties and Nineties.
Just wish we could leave such a country alone to stand on it's own, but time has proven otherwise. OBL was right in setting up jihadist training camps there in the first place as it was pretty well off of the map during those years that he was planning his "Great Jihad".