The War Tapes
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Three soldiers offer viewers a close-up and deeply personal view of the war in Iraq in this documentary. Filmmaker Deborah Scranton gave digital video cameras to three National Guard volunteers who were called up for duty in Iraq and asked them to keep a visual diary of what they saw and how they felt about it. The three men who took Scranton up on her offer were Sgt. Zack Bazzi, Spc. Mike Moriarty, and Sgt. Steve Pink. Bazzi is a Lebanese immigrant who previously fought in Bosnia and Kosovo and loves the thrill of battle, though he has serious reservations about the nature of the American occupation and feels most of his fellow soldiers are dangerously unaware of the habits and customs of the Iraqis. Moriarty is a husband and father who volunteered for service after the terrorist attacks of September 11; he's a proud warrior and loyal to his fellow soldiers, though he's come to hate the sting of battle. And Pink is a carpenter and would-be writer who joined the Guard to help raise money for college; his dark sense of humor often rises to the surface as he confronts the uglier aspects of the conflict. Scranton took the footage shot by the soldiers (sometimes uploaded by Internet just hours after a battle) and fashioned it into a story of three different men united by a single cause who are fiercely loyal to their fellow fighting men and women, even as they become increasingly cynical about the causes and motivations behind the war. The War Tapes was screened in competition at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 64
- Fresh: 63
- Rotten: 1
- Average Rating: 7.9/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Whatever your opinion of the Iraq war, Deborah Scranton's documentary is sure to challenge your thinking and disturb your composure.
Fresh: Arguably the most vital and eye-opening documentary yet made regarding the United States' current military entanglement.
Fresh: A fascinating chronicle of wartime, told by several distinct and vivid narrators.
Fresh: At its best, The War Tapes serves as an exploration of the soldier mentality -- or at least of the mentality of the folks who'd volunteer to go to Iraq.
This doc explores a side you rarely get to see. Forget your policitcal affiliation. This is a must see. Worth every penny.
Great and real
Whether you're for or against the war, this is a great documentary to check out. I loved it. It puts a human face on the whole issue.
Wars change, weapons change, soldiers stay the same. Great Pictures. Anti war protesters do not realize that peace is only acheaved by firepower.