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Severe Clear (2009)

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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 »

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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 day advance to Baghdad. His experiences in Afghanistan as well as Iraq put him face to face with the sobering realities of war on a daily basis. Severe Clear offers an unflinching look at life on the battlefield through the eyes of someone who was there. Written by Marc Perez

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A Predetermined Narrative
13 November 2010 | by (London) – See all my reviews

As stated in Severe Clear or This Is War, a grunt does not need to know why they fight but will go anywhere their President sends them....

.....but did not that very same grunt have to ask why they would "volunteer" to join the military? Could it be that the grunt was "forced" into the military because they could not afford an education, health care or find a decent paying job?

The truth of the invasion of Iraq is that it was sold to the public on a big lie yet Severe Clear refuses to honour the truth and instead tries to support the lie. Here the Iraqi people welcome the invaders. Here there are weapons of mass destruction. Here there are the biological weapons.

Considering the extraordinary opportunity to capture unique footage from a grunts perspective Severe Clear shows us nothing we have not already seen and tries to frame it into a predetermined narrative.

We learn nothing of how it really feels to be a soldier in the field. We don't get to know any of the characters that make up the Marine detachment. We don't see the real impact of bombs on the Iraq people or the desecration of Iraqi historical sites. We don't see the indiscriminate brutality the Iraqis face at the hands of the dehumanised troops. We don't see the copious drug taking by US soldiers or the rampant privatisation and commercialisation of war. We don't learn that over one million Iraq people have been killed since the invasion.

For a better perspective of the Iraq invasion in general, the documentaries Why We Fight (2005) and the superb No End in Sight (2007) are recommended. For a grunts perspective of the invasion, then the drama Generation Kill (2008) is recommended as it has more to say about the Iraq war and the soldiers experience than anything so far filmed on the subject.


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