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Published on November 15th, 2007 | by Chris


Redacted (2007)

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On November 15, 2007
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I'd also like to thank you, Mr. DePalma, for allowing me to hand out my first single star. And hopefully my last. Don't bother with Redacted.

Redacted (2007)Wow.  I'd like to thank Brian DePalma for the experience that was Redacted.  I can really say I am totally blown away.

...Blown away at just how completely awful this movie is.  There aren't words to describe the awfulness that is this... this thing.  I'm not even sure where to start.  But that's not going to stop me from trying.


I had written this big, long, ranting, multi-part, manifesto-like ....thing, which I've subsequently erased, errr redacted even.  (I'll take irony for $200 Alex!)  I'm not going to go there.

I think that's what DePalma wants from Redacted.  A reaction.  Any reaction.  Like a rotten kid being rotten solely to get attention.  "Hey look! I'm still here!"  Well, I think you're going to get it, but not from me.  I'll not recommend this movie to anyone, except as an example of a purely bad piece of failed art/film school schtick.  The writing: bad. The acting: bad.  Production: didn't like it.  If it didn't have DePalma's name on it we'd be poo-poo-ing this off for what it is. The whole faux-documentary thing has yet to be pulled off convincingly, and this is definitely yet another example.

1989's similarly themed Casualties of War was a good movie.  In a lot of ways.  This?  This is just a poor rehash.  It is wailing and finger pointing and DePalma yelling at our current crop of vets, "Baby Killer!".  You should know better than that.  Especially coming from your generation.

I challenge you, Brian.  You want to make a documentary about how war sucks on all sides, and is somewhat fair to both sides, then do that.  Get your ass out there "in the suck" and do that.  Even if you want to make one about how it sucks for only one side, like Redacted, then do that, too.  But don't "imagine" and don't pretend.  Because thats a word that is closely related to "pretentious," which is exactly what I think of Redacted.

And I'd also like to thank you, Mr. DePalma, for allowing me to hand out my first single star.  And hopefully my last.  Don't bother with Redacted.

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Brian De Palma’s ferocious Redacted is one of a number of cinematic protests against the Iraq War and the withholding of information and images about the war from the U.S. public. But it is also shares De Palma’s perennial interest in the relationship between film and violence, a relationship that has changed significantly in the real world because of the Internet, cable news, and the ubiquity of camcorders on the ground in Iraq...

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Binding: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Audience Rating: R (Restricted)
Manufacturer: Magnolia
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2.0 out of 5 stars I dont know who wrote this, but it is a WORK OF FICTION., October 6, 2016
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2%reality+98%fiction = 100%bulls***
I was in the gulf in 1990, and i served with some dedicated, professional soldiers. Within every group of people, especially one that is so diversely fortified as the Army, there will inevitably be a few borderline persons. It is less than 1% of the ALL the total military ...for the sake of argument, lets say 100. Of those 100, maybe only 5 will actually have to fight, or involved in a traumatic event. Of those 5, maybe one commits a crime (like the rape depicted in this movie). COMBAT EFFECTS EVERYONE! NOT to justify or excuse any crime , but only recently that ptsd has been accepted by the military as a mental illness, and its short and long term effects.
NOTHING like i saw in this movie existed anywhere i was ever stationed or patrolled in Iraq or Kuwait . There were very specific rules of engagement, and extremely strict operations protocols meticulously carried out by professionals.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A poorly made film about an atrocity of war. Not worth watching., November 30, 2016
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This is a staged dramatization, and should have been disclosed as such in the description. Proof? Where to begin... the sound is perfect and uniform despite the various supposed venues and actions. Or the spy camera mounted on a camera producing perfect green-tinted HD resolution video, again with the perfect sound. Footage supposedly from army surveillance cameras in low resolution black and white, with the quality of a convenience store circa 1970, obviously an effect added in post production. The acting is insanely unrealistic through most of the film.

But, here is the real sadness: I gather this was a dramatization of an actual event, an atrocity, really. That's a story that needs to be told, but accurately. The problem with a dramatization like this is that it is impossible to tell what is a true depiction and what is author's license. If a film cannot separate fact from fiction, it is not worth watching, in my opinion. I'd like to see this re-made though. We... Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars Anti-War DePalma Film is Lacking, January 24, 2017
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Interesting, but not the typical DePalma movie. It's missing something for me. I'm not really sure what? I watched it after viewing the recent DePalma documentary (highly recommended) as it was one of his two recent movies that I hadn't seen. It's portrait of soldiers in the Middle East was interesting, using various camera styles (hand held, security footage, etc). to tell what desperately wants to be an important anti-war film, but falls shorts. I think in the end, for me, he's already made a much better movie on the subject (Casualties of War), which this one is lacking not just in story and filming technique, but also in the powerhouse acting that movie displayed. Watch with lowered expectations, and you might enjoy this on a slow night.
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Redacted (2007) Chris

Summary: I'd also like to thank you, Mr. DePalma, for allowing me to hand out my first single star. And hopefully my last. Don't bother with Redacted.


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4 Responses to Redacted (2007)

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