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Running Time 88 min
MPAA rating Unrated
Release Date Oct 5, 2011
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Hell and Back Again

"Hell and Back Again" is a cinematically revolutionary film about the conflict in Afghanistan. Two overlapping narratives are brilliantly intercut -- the life of a Marine at war on the front, and the life the same Marine in recovery, at home -- creating both a dreamlike quality and a strikingly realistic depiction of how Marines experience this war. Following Sergeant Nathan Harris of Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, during a major assault on a Taliban stronghold, and his painful… Show more

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Jan. 5, 2012 - Boston.com - Wesley Morris

With some documentaries, you can feel the filmmakers hit a wall. They have a great subject - the war in Afghanistan, say - and they have a point to make or an angle to pursue. But, despite the proliferation of talking heads, they can’t find a style or a voice. The heads talk, but the movie doesn’t speak. Danfung Dennis doesn’t appear to have a limit. It’s as if he’s seen (or knows we’ve seen) some of these movies and understands that the flavorlessness of even the most well-meant, clearly articulated filmmaking can leave you unroused, undisturbed, indifferent to what you’re being told and shown.

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