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2.0 out of 5 stars A story barely worth telling., 2 April 2009
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This review is from: Standard Operating Procedure [DVD] [2009] (DVD)
The only advantage this film has over the infinitely superior Taxi to the Dark Side [DVD] is the interviews with the people actually involved in the famous photos that 'shocked' the average uninformed member of the public who had no idea that soldiers do terrible things in warzones.

The only remotely shocking things about the story is that people (even American people) would be so dumb as to get involved in photographing their abuse and the fact that the world's press got more riled up about this than the completely illegal invasion of Iraq in the first place.

To have to sit through nearly 2 hours of a bunch of morons trying to justify their disgusting behaviour and whining because they got caught and punished for 'just doing our jobs' is frankly hard work. Errol Morris seems to think we should pity these people because the orders they carried out came from people like Donald Rumsfeld (a fact the film isn't even brave enough to explicitly state, preferring just to hint at it) but why should I feel sorry for anyone who was too cowardly to stop and say "No!".

Only one of these people seems to express any pity for what they put the inmates of the prison through, the vast majority of which were guilty of nothing but being in the wrong place at the wrong time, and a cynical person could easily make a case that she was just covering her back for when the eventual backlash erupted.

Overall, it's a small sorry episode that seems almost trivial in comparison to America's heinous history of invasions, coups and overthrows. One which the US administration is probably secretly glad of as it's diverted so much attention away from the bigger picture of a whole country's destruction in pursuit of profit.

"A few bad apples" indeed. If only that were the case.
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Initial post: 3 Jul 2009 10:43:16 BDT
"To have to sit through nearly 2 hours of a bunch of morons trying to justify their disgusting behaviour and whining because they got caught and punished for 'just doing our jobs' is frankly hard work."

Eh? No one forced you to do anything. You don't need to resort to insulting people even when you want to write a negative review. Frankly your review is without merit, it displays much of the whining you criticise the film for.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Jul 2009 21:36:47 BDT
D. Payne says:
1) I never used the word 'forced', and I think it would be pretty dumb to buy a film and not watch it.
2) There is a gulf of difference between whining about abusing people and about not liking a film. Bit of perspective?
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