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Genres Documentary War
Running Time 93 min
Release Date Jun 25, 2010
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It is fairly extraordinary that this film exists. The level of access attained by Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger over their 15-month period embedded with the Second Platoon, Battle Company, 173rd Airborne Brigade allows for an incredibly unvarnished account -- including footage of deaths both civilian and military. It's perhaps the most intimate and unflinching examination yet of the processes of modern warfare -- and an exhilarating, heartrending, profoundly moving film in its own right.

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July 2, 2010 - Boston.com - Wesley Morris

This is the result of a collaboration between the English photographer Tim Hetherington and the American journalist Sebastian Junger (his books include “The Perfect Storm’’). As a movie, it exists somewhere between the expertise of both men. It’s neither strictly pictorial nor necessarily reportorial. This isn’t to say that the filmmaking is ineffective. For one thing, the camera sees everything with crisp immediacy. For another, Hetherington and Junger are so thoroughly enmeshed with the 15 or so men in a combat team from Battle Company of the 173d Airborne Brigade that we experience the problems of fighting this war almost firsthand.

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