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A fictional story inspired by true events, REDACTED is a unique cinematic experience that will force viewers to radically reconsider the filters through which we see and accept events in our world, the power of the mediated image and how presentation and composition influence our ideas and beliefs. A profound meditation on the way information is packaged, distributed and received in an era with infinite channels of communication, REDACTED utilizes a variety of created source material--video diaries, produced documentary, surveillance footage, online testimonials, news pieces--to comment on the extreme disconnect between the surface of an image and the reality of ideas and the truth, especially in times of strife. Centered around a small group of American soldiers stationed at a checkpoint in Iraq, REDACTED alternates points of view, balancing the experiences of these young men under duress and members of the media with those of the local Iraqi people, illuminating how each have been deeply affected by the current conflict and their encounters with each other. The charged apotheosis of Brian De Palma's filmmaking career, REDACTED caps off a body of work which has explored the politics of image-making and reception more fully than any living filmmaker.

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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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  • 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:
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  • Studio: Magnolia
  • DVD Release Date: February 19, 2008
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000YDOOSM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,067 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Redacted" on IMDb

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I've watched Redacted and read most of the reviews about the film. It seems that most of the negative comments comes from those who will forever believe that Georgie
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!
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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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True facts about the war this is why so many countries hate the U.S.
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By Major Pain on 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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Virtually a mockumentary version of DePalma's "Casualties of War" with a contemporary Middle Eastern setting. Like "CoW" this is also based on an actual event. The problem is the amazingly bad acting which I attribute more to DePalma than the actors. His development of characters hinges on stereotyping and slightly insults the viewer's acceptance of believability. Still, the subject matter is highly interesting and the use of multi "found footage" sources is similar to "The Bay".

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".
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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. It is not encouraged for entertainment, however, for those who are seeking the mixture of docu-drama. This is not typical Brian DePalma (who has a touch of the Oliver Stone bite). I will not spoil this film in any way. I cannot.

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.
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