This Is War [DVD]
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Kristian Fraga directs this feature-length documentary following US Marine Mike Scotti as he fights on the frontline of the Iraq war. In July 2002 First Lieutenant Scotti volunteered to extend his service with the American Marine Corps. Six months later he was sent to the frontline of one of the most controversial military campaigns of our time: Operation Iraqi Freedom. This film gives an unflinching first-hand account of his experiences.
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Perhaps saddest of all was some of the soldiers attitudes at that time. Scotti makes no secret of the fact that revenge for 9/11 is a motivating factor for many of the men. One particular scene still haunts me when the soldiers witness artillery raising an Iraqui city to the ground, they say "F**k em, let em burn. This is payback". It is soon clear that Saddam's ragtag army is incapable of putting up any meaningful resistence against such military might. It is also interesting to see how attitudes have changed in light of the fact that no weapons of mass destruction were ever found. This knowledge would certainly have made a difference to the soldiers attitude. At the end of the film Scotti talks about this briefly, to set the record straight. The film simply shows us war through the soldiers eye, in the same way that the documentary "Restrepo" also did recently, but in this case in a more visceral manner. It is like a film, but with real blood.Read more ›
The film/documentary is a great piece of work. It gives you a real insight to what these soliders go through every single day and the horrors they have to endure, both mentally and pyhisical.
One of the best war films/documentarys I have seen for a long time!
To be honest it's probably wrong of me to call this a war film. It's kind of a pseudo documentary. There is a running thread throughout the whole film which follows a FOO (Forward Observation Officer) and his cam-corder throughout 'Operation Iraqi Freedom' however, weaved into the film are news footage and also other personal camera footage from other individuals.
It was okay but almost falls between the cracks of a film and a documentary missing out the best bits of both genres.
Very good film, well worthy of your time.
It is based in the more grounded and realistic daily grind of being a soldier. It portrays the day to day operations and often boredom of the US troop during the war. Sadly, this doesn't translate well into a documentary. The boredom that is being displayed on screen just becomes boredom for the viewer.
I realise this is no fault of the makers or indeed the soldier who recorded all the footage, but if you are looking for entertainment or a thought provoking film-this fails you on every level.
It is patched together with diary entries and letters home from the soldier. (his name escapes me, sorry)
I imagine this would mean a lot to a soldier, but to someone who has no connection with the situation- it just makes it difficult to watch.
It was a difficult undertaking. Taking 60 hours of raw footage and trying to put it into some narative that makes sense and keeps you interested.
Probably only going to be suitable for the hardcore military enthusiast.
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Video quality poor, perhaps to be expected, although I expected better. Production generally was below par.Published 13 days ago by MChicago