MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 13,441 this week

Occupation: Dreamland (2005)

7.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.4/10 from 359 users   Metascore: 66/100
Reviews: 9 user | 47 critic | 14 from Metacritic.com

In January, 2004, in Al-Falluja, Iraq, a documentary film crew follows an infantry squad of the 82nd Airborne, US Army. Cameras accompany the squad of seven on day and night patrols, as ... See full summary »

Directors:

,
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: March

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in March.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 34 titles
created 19 Apr 2012
 
a list of 33 titles
created 12 May 2012
 
a list of 34 titles
created 11 Sep 2012
 
a list of 31 titles
created 12 Jun 2013
 
list image
a list of 24 titles
created 08 Jan 2014
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Occupation: Dreamland (2005)

Occupation: Dreamland (2005) on IMDb 7.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Occupation: Dreamland.

User Polls

2 wins. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Documentary | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The filmmaker's subjects are patriotic young Americans - ordinary men and women who heeded the call for military service in Iraq - as they experience recruitment and training, combat, ... See full summary »

Director: Patricia Foulkrod
Stars: Herold Noel, Robert Acosta, Sean Huze
Gunner Palace (2004)
Documentary | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

American soldiers of the 2/3 Field Artillery, a group known as the "Gunners," tell of their experiences in Baghdad during the Iraq War. Holed up in a bombed out pleasure palace built by Sadaam Hussein, the soldiers endured hostile situations some four months after President George W. Bush declared the end of major combat operations in the country.

Directors: Petra Epperlein, Michael Tucker
Stars: Bryant Davis, Devon Dixon, Javorn Drummond
Body of War (2007)
Documentary | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

The story of an injured American veteran returning home from the war Iraq is set against the backdrop of a critical indictment of the government's handling of the U.S.-led invasion.

Directors: Phil Donahue, Ellen Spiro
Stars: Robert Byrd, Cathy Smith, Nathan Young
Battleground Afghanistan (TV Series 2013)
Reality-TV
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Follow the men of Golf Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, as they bravely fight Taliban forces in Afghanistan.

Stars: Keith David
Severe Clear (2009)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

As part of the first wave in the War on Terror, First Lieutenant Mike Scotti (awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Combat "V") served on the front lines during the 21 ... See full summary »

Director: Kristian Fraga
Stars: Mike Scotti
Two Weeks in Hell (TV Movie 2009)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The U.S. Army Special Forces Green Berets are America's elite warfare specialists. Who are they and what does it take to become one?

Director: Bobby Williams
The War Tapes (2006)
Documentary | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Called up for service in Iraq, several members of the National Guard were given digital video cameras. This film, edited from their footage, provides a perspective on a complex and troubled conflict.

Director: Deborah Scranton
Stars: Zack Bazzi, Duncan Domey, Ben Flanders
Inside Combat Rescue (TV Series 2013)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

An elite Combat Rescue team of the US Air Force, rescue wounded American or Allied forces in lethal danger. Pararescuemen, or PJs, return to the front lines of Afghanistan and East Europe ... See full summary »

Beyond Treason (Video 2005)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

This extremely powerful 89 minute film presents comprehensive documentation from United States Government archives of a massive cover-up, including military and civilian experimentation, ... See full summary »

Director: William Lewis
Stars: William Cohen, Matt Gonzalez, David Huxsoll
Documentary | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Stories from modern day Iraq as told by Iraqis living in a time of war, occupation and ethnic tension.

Director: James Longley
Stars: Mohammed Haithem, Suleiman Mahmoud, Muqtada al-Sadr
Documentary | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Rethink Afghanistan is a ground-breaking, full-length documentary focusing on the key issues surrounding the war. The film raises critical questions regarding Afghanistan. Segments of this ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Greenwald
Stars: Tariq Ali, Faiysal Alikhan, Andrew Bacevich
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Fidelis Cloer is a self-confessed war profiteer who found The Perfect War when the US invaded Iraq. It wasn't about selling a dozen cars, or even a hundred, it was a thousand-car war where security would become the ultimate product.

Directors: Petra Epperlein, Michael Tucker
Stars: Fidelis Cloer
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Matthew Bacik ...
Himself
Chris Corcione ...
Himself
Eric Forbes ...
Himself
Patrick Napoli ...
Himself
Thomas Turner ...
Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Blyer ...
Himself
Robert McGuire ...
Himself
Ryan Mish ...
Himself - Staff Sergeant
Austin Nichols ...
Himself
Luis Pacheco ...
Himself - Alpha Company Medic
Bryan Rowland ...
Himself
Joseph Wood ...
Himself
Edit

Storyline

In January, 2004, in Al-Falluja, Iraq, a documentary film crew follows an infantry squad of the 82nd Airborne, US Army. Cameras accompany the squad of seven on day and night patrols, as they watch their backs, kick down doors, search for weapons, interrogate women, detain a few people, and listen to the complaints of locals. At their barracks, a former Baathist retreat called Dreamland, the men talk: about why they enlisted, civilian prospects, feelings about the war and Iraqis, where they were when a comrade died a few weeks before. We see them wait for translators and try a few words of Arabic; we hear their frustrations. We watch them pressured to reenlist. Tensions mount in Falluja. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

iraq | iraqi | army | vulgarity | army life | See All (10) »

Genres:

Documentary | War

Certificate:

Unrated
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

|

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

19 May 2006 (Italy)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

References The Real World (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

He's Simple, He's Dumb, He's The Pilot
Performed by Grandaddy
Courtesy of V2
Written by Jason Lytle
Published by BMG Songs, Inc. o/b/o Genghis Music, Deadlineless & Jason Lytle
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
daily life of occupation soldiers in Falluja
14 October 2005 | by (Albuquerque, USA) – See all my reviews

This is yet another winner from Garrett Scott and Ian Olds, who also did Cul-De-Sac: A Suburban War Story, but this one will be available on DVD at some point.

Scott and Olds follow seven or eight squad members of the 505th battalion of the 82nd airborne around Falluja in the weeks before the final siege that destroyed the city. We get to see these guys how they really are, not how Black Hawk Down or Saving Private Ryan portrays soldiers (in idealized Hollywood robot super patriot tough guy fashion).

Scott and Olds go on patrols and missions with the guys to arrest suspected insurgents or defend meetings of important Iraqis, and you see how difficult it is for them to do their jobs. They spend 5% of their time supporting reconstruction, and the other 95% trying to hunt down attackers who are merely opposed to the presence of occupation forces.

They are from all points of view, some who support Bush and the war, and others who don't, but they all seem intelligent and think a lot more about why they're there than most of the politicians who sent them (of course it's their lives on the line and they won't simply take someone's word for it that there is a good purpose behind it). They question what they would do if they were in the place of the Iraqis who shoot at them almost every day, they know there is a better way to solve Iraq's problems, but none of them has the power as low ranking individuals to do what they know works better or undertake anything massive to help the Iraqis who plead with them everyday for jobs, electricity, gas, water, food, school supplies, and so on. Disillusioned, they forge ahead with their mission with a sense of duty and but no sense of accomplishment.

Most of the guys seem genuinely concerned with Iraqs, and some of them confess that after being shot at so much and seeing friends die they just can't like them, and even hate them. All of them are open with their opinions of the situation, their own circumstances regarding their original recruitment, continued enlistment, and hopes and dreams, which is something we can't get from scripted town hall meetings via satellite between President Bush and the troops.

Just as interesting, we get to see Falluja as it was, and all interaction with Iraqis is subtitled so we hear it directly from them, men and women and children of all ages. There is no evidence of the Islamic fundamentalists the Marines just weeks later undertook to destroy. Some of those arrested are clearly insurgents, and some...you never know for sure. There's a depressing parallel between the lack of jobs and education in Falluja and the lack of jobs and education that prompted most of the squad to join up and what they will face when they are demobbed.

According to the director, all of them squad members featured have seen the film and love it, and some folks at the Pentagon have even watched it to get insights into what their men are really feel about the war. In the viewing I attended, there were Iraqis, former soldiers (both Vietnam and some more recently demobilized guys), and at least one Afghani, and they all seemed to like the film. It's a service to the troops because it lets them speak for themselves for once at length, unlike in short articles, and it's an excellent record of the reality of the war from an undeniable point of view, not filtered through papers and news correspondents and politicians with pro-war points of view or at least a fear of being called unpatriotic. Ironically enough, it's probably the most pro-troops, anti-war film of all because it's honest and deals with the men as human beings like us or our friends and family.


10 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
an amazing movie moviefreakest
Access to the soldiers sdddz2
Falluja film mentioned in special features dolsotbibimbap
Sundance Channel showings of Occupation: Dreamland dmahone
DVD Release -- Available Now sandersj-1
Wins The Independent Spirit Award, Announces Scott's Death dmahone
Discuss Occupation: Dreamland (2005) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page