Written and directed by Brian De Palma, this docudrama about the war in Iraq uses news broadcast footage, trial coverage and video blogs shot by soldiers and civilians to illustrate the contrast between different forms of media coverage. Homing in on an incident in which a 14-year-old Iraqi girl was raped and killed by U.S. soldiers, De Palma presents a thought-provoking argument that the realities of war are, in fact, victims of perspective.
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- Brian De Palma
RStrong disturbing violent content including a rape, pervasive language and some sexual references/images
Full Screen 1.33:1Subtitles
NoLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; behind-the-scenes featurette.
Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this mature Iraq war drama definitely isn't for kids. Based on a true story, it deals with violent acts like rape and murder (including the shooting of a pregnant woman) and shows U.S. soldiers' boredom, fear, and tensions. The closing images of real Iraqi civilian corpses and mourners are especially difficult. Weapons include guns, grenades, and IEDs; other scenes show drinking, the effects of drugs, and cigarette smoking. Not surprisingly given the war-zone setting, language is strong and constant, with more than 100 uses of "f--k" and lots of racist and misogynist slurs.
- Sexual Content
- Frequent conversations about sexual desire and activity (includes use of words like "p---y" and "boned"). Porn magazines visible in the troops' base camp. Rape scene shows some thrusting and gestures toward the camera -- no nudity, but explicit action. Uncomplimentary discussion of a dead woman's pregnancy.
- Ongoing and upsetting violence throughout. A rape is central to the story. Several scenes show shooting and bombs exploding. Images of guns, tanks, and shoulder-mounted grenades. U.S. soldiers man a checkpoint where they shoot up a car that's transporting a pregnant woman to the hospital (some blood). Hospital scene shows blood and chaos. A sergeant is killed by a bomb (his bloody, detached leg flies into the frame and lands on the ground). A woman describes the rapists' brutal possible deaths.
- Very frequent swearing, including 100+ uses of "f--k" and multiple uses of "hell," "s--t," "damn," "ass" (some with "hole"), and "bitch." Derogatory words like "ragheads" and "hajji" are also used.
- Social Behavior
- U.S. troops are angry, frustrated, and fearful; several are overtly racist and misogynist. A group of four soldiers rapes a 14-year-old Iraqi girl. She and her family are murdered; the primary villains never show remorse.
- Not applicable
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Soldiers appear drunk and high and smoke cigarettes frequently.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it