Sunday, August 29, 2010

Battle for Haditha (2007)

Director: Nick Broomfield. Cast: Elliot Ruiz, Matthew Knoll, Yasmine Hanani. 97 min. Rated R. War.

One of the most childish movies made about the Iraq War - or any war. No question how tragic what occurred in Haditha (where 24 men, women and children were massacred when an IED killed an American troop) was, but this is by no means an intelligent analysis of how such atrocities suddenly happen out of the blue. The dialogue is written for an audience who's been living been under a rock for the past decade, and the semi-documentary feeling the hand-held camerawork tries to impose is rather insulting. Avoid this if you have any respect for your movie-wise intelligence.

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