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Severe Clear (2009)

Severe Clear (2009):
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Mike Scotti

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On June 28, 2012
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You want a no-bullshit, pulls-no-punches live-as-live-gets documentary on the initial push into Iraq in 2003? Then look no further than Severe Clear.

Severe Clear (2009)Forget Restrepo and Armadillo.  You want a no-bullshit, pulls-no-punches live-as-live-gets documentary on the initial push into Iraq in 2003?  Then look no further than Severe Clear.

Lieutenant Mike Scotti took a camera in when his Marine artillery unit was sent across the Kuwait border into Iraq, and managed to compile this incredible footage, and bring this jaw dropping film to life.  Broken up into "Chapters" for different stages, before, during, and after the invasion.... I don't think you'll find a more intense, more "condensed" history of the invasion, the bullshit, the feelings behind it at the time....  than this.  If you want to know what it was probably like, I doubt you'll get much closer than this without actually being there.

Be forewarned.  This film is not for the weak at heart, weak in spirit, or weak in the stomach.  There are lots of clips and sentiment of Marines, well, being Marines.  "We're going to go there, and kill everything."  Because, not to put too fine a point on it, that's what Marines do.  There's no attempt to rationalize this, which is pretty much how it should be.  "We go where they tell us, and do what they tell us, and then we go home."  There's also a rather large helping of uncensored wartime gore.  Unpleasant, but necessary to drive the entire package home, especially in concert with his narration (presumably from his book which references several times.)

The frank-ness of his filming, commentary, and delivery is much appreciated.  To me, at least, it never had that "reality TV" feel to it which I picked up with Restrepo and Armadillo.

And big kudos to the audio production folks.  I actually jumped a few times when those combat scenes kicked in from near silence.  Their ability to pull such convincing and deafening sound out of what was probably impossible source material is not to be ignored.  Yes, the video is grainy and rather low quality, but that's the source you're looking at.  Think state-of-the-art 2002 handheld video, probably 8mm or maybe early DV tape and that's what you've got.

I also don't know how old Mr. Scotti is, but the choice of soundtrack music (sounded like a lot of early 90's stuff) would put him about my age, which also hit home.

Going to have to go 8.5/10.  A good solid piece of true reality-tv-free documentary film making.  Find a way to watch this one, but be prepared.  (Edit: Yeah I changed the rating.  Realized I gave Restrepo an 8 and had to one-up it with this one!)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars War Is War., August 15, 2015
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All I can say is "Semper Fi" to everyone who served. No matter what war or Operation you've participated in all the emotions and feelings are the same. War is War. Killing sucks but burying a comrade sucks more. This documentary was like my own autobiography . I wish we had the technology to do this when I served. This is how it is and this is what it feels like. You cant really get all the emotions and feelings on film, but if you've been in combat and you watch this....youll be feeling everything and then some, so keep your meds close. This film is not for everyone but its the real deal .Probably a 100 times worst. Thanks to all of you who put this thing together. OUTSTANDING job .
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reality of 'Boots on the Ground', October 7, 2016
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Mike Cotti: Thanks for capturing and sharing the REALITY of 'boots on the ground'. Should be required viewing during Congressional orientation of all new members, and staff and politicos - so it is truly understood what it means when our country commits our troops.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not just another compilation of home movies...finally!, April 30, 2015
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In the land of all the documentaries and other mash ups of personal video taken by the folks who's boots are actually on the ground in (insert current world hotspot here) it's easy to lose your audience base through either too much "narrative bias" or what is just basically a carousel of YouTube videos.

This is an actual cohesive collection of those first person video clips coupled with journal entries and other correspondence to ACCURATELY document the ups and downs of the soldier's daily life. Even if that means watching the ways to attempt to stave off boredom in between all the "run and gun" 0:15 seconds clips flooding the web.

A great viewing experience for the 6 inches of meat in between your ears. If you want to kick your brain into neutral and just be entertained by firefights and explosions, skip this one and just go watch another Seven Seagal flick!
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Severe Clear (2009) Chris

Summary: You want a no-bullshit, pulls-no-punches live-as-live-gets documentary on the initial push into Iraq in 2003? Then look no further than Severe Clear.

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I've been watching war movies for probably 25 years now. Since December 2006 I've been sharing my habit and passion for these movies here on this site.



3 Responses to Severe Clear (2009)

  1. the war movie buff says:

    You gave Restrepo less than 7/10? I will watch it on Netflix Instant and get back to you.

  2. Chris says:

    I gave Restrepo an 8. It was good, but this was better. (Whoops, just realized what I’d done, wish I had a wider scale to use!)

  3. Pingback: The Top 10 Iraq War Movies | Citizen Soldier Resource Center

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