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Bush, his handler "The Dick" (and their Neo-Con moles.) Were the two most Patriotic guys in America since the Gang that signed the Declaration of Independence. Frankly they were tools
of the Corporate Scumbags that have been screwing both America, it's people and the people of The Third World. Since the early years of the last century. For pure greed is one of man's most universal of failings. As for the soldiers depicted in the film, They are no more or less than a reflection of the society in which they
come from. A mixture of the Very Good the Very Bad and sometimes the Really Ugly.I find no fault them or with Mr. De Palma's film. Other than its a bit too long and somewhat disjointed at certain
places. Now that we have dis-engaged ourselves from Iraq (and it took a man of color to accomplish that). Maybe its time for us to re-watch this film. And be reminded of what happens when we don't pay enough attention to the people, to whom we put into elected office!
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.
Is this the same man who brought us cutting edge horror in the seventies like "Sisters" and the original "Carrie"? It's a far cry from classics like those but anything would be an improvement over sleep inducing items like "Bonfire of the Vanities" or "Black Dahlia".
Curiously, the story intro read by a soldier seems to be a nod to Karloff and "Targets".
If I even describe any part of it longer than an paragraph, then, YOU miss the experience. It is very graphic and there is no "arc" or the typical following of a beginning, middle, or end. What I will say is that there is an incident which brings to focus of the central story line as that most of war is redacted. You, the audience, even for the news that you watch, THIS is also redacted. All of what you see on the news is redacted, the brilliance of the title is in the opposite of its parts.
The opening lures the audience right into the middle of the Iraq and into the barracks of a handful of soldiers who have emotionally broken down to the point of a jovial darkness to which most would have never expected. They are the kind of soliders who, intially, joined, for the reasons that we were all told. Some joined for the "college money" that they will never see. Even what soliders are told is "redacted" . This is as far as I will go in to why this film is aptly named "redacted". It is what you will NEVER see on the nightly news. NEVER.
The POV is clever in that the solider isn't the main character, but the the war itself and the mirco-tragedies which follow them like the boogie man living and breathing through their every moment.Read more ›
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Crap. Some random Private's "Blair Witch Project" style homeworkPublished 6 months ago by joshua b.
Editing and cinematography are good - jumps around a bit instead of telling a coherent story, but it's still worth your time for the gritiness alone. It rings true.Published 14 months ago by Steve in Manhattan
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