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An examination of the unintended consequences of the Iraqi war with a focus on events at Abu Ghraib prison which began to appear in global media in 2004. The prison quickly became notorious for the shocking photos of the abuse and torture of terror suspects by military men and women. Ultimately, it is the story of soldiers who believed they were defending democracy but found themselves plunged into an unimagined nightmare.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 98
- Fresh: 78
- Rotten: 20
- Average Rating: 7.1/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Focus is really the heart of Morris' unsettling film, which strikes a remarkable balance between art and disturbance, between beauty and pain.
Fresh: Morris widens our understanding of the real crimes that took place there. This is where the movie becomes not just a slant on history but also a vehicle for broadening our understanding.
Fresh: Completely unlike anything I was expecting from such a film -- more disturbing, analytical and morose.
Fascinating Take on a Horrendous Topic.
What is the greater crime - torture, covering it up, or hanging young americans out to take the fall? Morris takes a very different approach to this touchy subject and carves a multi-faceted gem of a documentary that should have you considering what you would do in the Abu G. controversy if you were in the shoes of those implicated. I never thought I could feel empathy after seeing the infamous pictures of what took place at that prison, but this movie has helped me to walk a mile in another's shoes and consider their situation. Thank you Errol Morris.
Difficult to praise and watch.....
A very tough movie to watch as I think no one would like to believe that we were capable of such acts. But regardless of the emotions I may feel about the content I think this is a well done documentary that shows the dark side of our nature. Truly, there was nothing standard about "Standard Operating Procedures".
Fantastic. Truly good storytelling, editing, etc. From start to finish a solid documentary.
- Genre: Documentary
- Released: 2008
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