Published on June 2nd, 2011 | by Chris1
Battle For Haditha (2007)
Battle for Haditha is a faux-documentary-style movie based on a true event, the November 2005 'retribution' attack on a group of Iraqi civilians after an IED attack. It really isn't *that* bad of a movie, but quite frankly, it just pissed me off... bigtime.
The first part of the movie is just build up to the actual attack. It's slow, to be honest. To the point I was starting to wonder if anything was actually going to happen. To their credit, the filmmakers pull off the "faux documentary" style thing quite well, actually (a lot) better than the similar (and awful) Redacted. It doesn't have nearly the stilted and staged feel to it that Redacted had.
But, the way that this story unfolds, and is told just really, really pissed me off. The Marines here are portrayed basically as bloodthirsty idiots, running around shooting anything that moves and appearing to enjoy it.
OK, sure, I will give you that it was a terrible, tragic event, that never should have happened. But the way its done here does nothing but sensationalize it further. Even the attempt to show remorse on behalf of the IED perpetrators comes across as only half-heart-felt. Leading me to believe that the purpose of this film is not solely a typical 'anti-war' treatise, but rather a Redacted-style "baby killer!" reaction piece.
One of the final scenes does show one of the Marines appearing to maybe, possibly, realize what they've done and offer a half-assed hand as an apology....
I don't know the truth behind the story here. Maybe it really went down like this, I can't say. Only those that were there can really say for sure, but I can't say I recommend this picture to anyone, really, unless you enjoy getting more pissed off by the minute. I don't question the motives behind this movie, they are painfully clear, but there's a point where you start shouting, "enough! I get it already!" The trailer below claims "There are many ways to see the same story," but quite frankly this only seems to be one of them.
On the plus side, I will give them points for production value, though. (and the only reason it gets a 5 from me) I'm not sure where this was filmed (I didn't spend a lot of time on research) but its pretty convincing, but I'm no expert.
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Battle For Haditha -November 19th 2005, Haditha, IraqIraqi insurgents bomb a convoy of US Marines, resulting in the death of theirmost popular officer. Enraged by this loss, his young Marine buddies carry out abrutal retaliation...
DVD InformationBinding: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Audience Rating: Unrated (Not Rated)
Brand: Image Entertainment
Manufacturer: Fisher Klingenstein Films
Original Release Date:
- Matthew Knoll
- Elliot Ruiz
- Eric Mehalacopoulos
- Nathan De La Cruz
- Andrew McLaren
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Casualties of Haditha,
This review is from: Battle For Haditha (DVD)
This is one of the most infamous events of the war in Iraq - a war that has had more than its fair share of infamous events. It details how a Marine convoy was hit by an IED and several Marines started shooting everything that moved in retaliation. Somewhat unique about this film is that it tells what happened from all perspectives: the people who laid down the IED, the innocent bystanders as well as the Marines who were put in an impossible position by their chain-of-command and had to operate under an incredible amount of tension and confusion.
The fog of war always gets thicker in urban areas. When you're trying to be the good guys (as we are) it becomes increasingly difficult to tell the inhabitants of a city who like you (or at least tolerate you) from those who have hostile intentions & want nothing more than to push an invading army back from whence it came. Therein lies the rub of urban warfare, and it is described in this film.
This review is from: Battle For Haditha (Amazon Video)
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Summary: I don't know the truth behind the story here. Maybe it really went down like this, I can't say. Only those that were there can really say for sure, but I can't say I recommend this picture to anyone, really, unless you enjoy getting more pissed off by the minute.