This documentary-style film follows a unit of U.S. Marines that kills 24 people in revenge following the death of a soldier by an I.E.D. hidden in a street of Haditha, Iraq.
There are two reasons I recommend watching this:
- For 98% of the film, it truly has the feel of a documentary, which enhances the drama and sadness of the story. The 2% refers to a few lines of dialogue that seemed forced, overly wrought and self-conciously attempting to inform the viewer about the significance of the scene being viewed and the feelings of the characters.
- It captures the daily, deadly disasters that arise out of people trying to survive and make decisions in the confusion, fear, misunderstandings and stresses of a war zone.
It was one of those movies that made me want to make movies.