Brian De Palma's Redacted

Brian De Palma's Redacted

DVD - 2008
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Centered around a small group of American soldiers stationed at a checkpoint in Iraq. Alternates points of view between these soldiers, the media and the local Iraqi people illuminating how each group is deeply affected by the current conflict and their encounters with each other.
Publisher: Los Angeles, Calif. : Distributed by Magnolia Home Entertainment, [2008]
Branch Call Number: DVD RED
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 90 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Redacted


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Jun 11, 2017

One of the great, misunderstood anti-war films. Labeled everything from "traitorous" to even "anti-American", De Palma's bleak vision details the rape and murder of an Iraqi family at the hands of misguided, vengeance-fueled American troops. It's certainly not for everyone, but to accuse De Palma of being a traitor is missing the point that this is based on a very real event, so it's not some sick fantasy he made up just to stir the pot.

It's too messy and uneven to call it a masterpiece, but De Palma's disgust drips off every frame, to the degree that the viewer feels the hatred and urgency with which it was made. If you're an open-minded viewer, ignore all the negative press and give it a shot. I can see where people might dislike it for the artistic decisions (some dialogue is stilted, many disliked the acting styles, and the use of multiple media viewpoints sometimes feels forced), but dismissing it as "anti-American", no matter your thoughts on war, is completely inexcusable.

Jan 19, 2015

Just another MILITARY INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX promotion from Hollywood period.This one is deeply racist,killing off kind of decent soldiers of color while keeping alive deeply racist soldiers doing PURE EVIL deeds to innocent Iraqi's.No so-called movie critic is going to tell me that director Brian De Palma is anti-war because he has multiple pro-war films like this one on his resume period.His resume of pro-military films speak for themselves.

Nov 29, 2014

I thought this film was well done and certainly worth watching.

Feb 24, 2012

Sometimes the realities of war should not be placed into movies.

I would wonder what kind of military discipline exists in that circumstance.

Mar 21, 2011

I feel that the author of the previous comment, could not relate to the soldiers for the majority of the movie because of the fact that he has not served in the military himself. None the less, the movie is just average. Brian De Palma's direction is awkward and unorthodox, the idea of using different mediums, from a personal camera to an internet website streaming footage is just messy. While I would not recommend it, I think everyone ought to see it for themselves.

Aug 21, 2008

Skip it - The problem I had with this film is that it's disturbing to the point that it goes beyond educating the viewer of some of the atrocities that are happening in Iraq. Should we be exposed to this? Probably as a newscast but not as a film with soldiers that you probably don't really care about - they're just too far gone. There's a reason why newcast of violent footage is censored - it's too hard to take knowing that this is actually happening out there. Movies should have the same sensitivity, in my opinion. But then again, how do we react if we're not shown the realities out there? As a movie, the film is shot through a video camera and is a little messy jumping from scenes in the barracks (where the viewer feels safe) and scenes out in the streets (where the viewer feels completely anxious because something will happen). After watching this picture, I really needed to watch something light and funny. There's so much violence out there and we know that - I'm not sure if this is a movie you'd want to bring into your living room to be entertained. Do I hate all war pictures? Not at all. Most war pictures have a protogonist that you follow through his/her push to survive - in Redacted, you can't relate to any of these soldiers.


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Feb 24, 2012

Frightening or Intense Scenes: too much

Feb 24, 2012

Sexual Content: innuendo in some parts, and overt rape in others

Feb 24, 2012

Coarse Language: Tough language and swearing

Feb 24, 2012

Violence: unnecessary


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Feb 24, 2012

imartin thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over


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