At heart it is a very simple documentary, featuring few direct interviews to allow the viewer to decide and judge the action as it occurs. I didn't realize that locals could petition for redress for destruction of property as a result of action on their land. It also portrayed war realistically, full of waiting around and then periods of intense action. That they also included the injured soldiers, made this more real and relevant. The part I liked the most was when some of them are sitting waiting for action and spend their time reading graffiti off the walls. Most interesting bit was the fight where they killed the enemy and then had to search the bodies in the ditch. Followed by the reaction when news got out of how the bodies may have been treated.
I'd love to comment on this film however, my reservation is going on its fourth month, with no progress in sight. So I guess I won't be watching it anytime soon, if ever. NYPL should really get it together when it comes to their DVD's. Unfortunately NYPL patrons place holds on DVD's and we're left in limbo as to when we'll be able to watch it. Either the DVD is stolen, lost, or never returned. In essence, it's the NYPL patron who lose out. But I guess that's business as usual for NYPL.
Overall not the greatest documentary. I thought Restrepo did a way better job. This movie lacked the soldier interviews to make it more personal. Watching this documentary and Restrepo does provide an excellent comparison between US and Danish operating procedures in the Afghan war.
I wish the Canada would make movies like this. It is not 'realistic', it is real! Really makes you feel what it is like to serve in Afghanistan. If they gave this wide play in the USA the world might become a safer place.
Janus Metz's "Armadillo" follows a platoon of Danish soldiers on a six-month tour of Afghanistan in 2009.
...another entry in the "Reality Combat" genre.
It's gritty, insightful, and stark,..and it was a big money maker in Denmark.
( Kev's PICkS : if you liked this film, then check out "Restrapo", and "Severe Clear",.. also 'reality combat' films.)
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