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Shadow Company (2006)

Thousands of private soldiers operate in Iraq alone... and many more around the world. These individuals, known as private security contractors, are changing the face of modern warfare ... See full summary »

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Alan Bell ...
Himself - President, Globe Risk
Phil Lancaster ...
Himself - Major [Ret.], Canadian Army
Madelaine Drohan ...
Herself - Author + Journalist
Robert Young Pelton ...
Himself - Author + Adventurer
Peter Singer ...
Himself - Political Analyst
Doug Brooks ...
Himself - Government Lobbyist For Security Companies
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Himself - Producer
Cobus Claassens ...
Himself - Security Contractor
Slavko Ilic ...
Himself - Security Contractor
Neall Ellis ...
Himself - Private Military Contractor
Frances Stonor Saunders ...
Herself - Author + Historian
John F. Mullins ...
Himself - Soldier of Fortune
Eike Kluge ...
Himself - Professor of Ethics
Tasha Bradsell ...
Herself - Journalist
James Ashcroft ...
Himself - Interviewee
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Thousands of private soldiers operate in Iraq alone... and many more around the world. These individuals, known as private security contractors, are changing the face of modern warfare everyday while their world has remained mystery to those at home. Shadow Company is the groundbreaking investigative feature-length documentary that seeks out and reveals the origins and destinations of these modern-day mercenaries. Who are these security contractors ? What do they do ? Why do they do it ? THE RULES OF WAR HAVE CHANGED. Purpose Films proudly brings you an immersive and visionary look at the private individuals who have changed them in a way that defies typical documentary style. Written by Wolski, Dominika

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Interviewer: Did you ever consider flying helicopter as a civilian? As an alternative career?
Neall Elliss - Interviewee: No.
Interviewer: No?
Neall Elliss - Interviewee: No. There's not enough excitement.
[laughs]
Neall Elliss - Interviewee: You know it's all a game. War is a game... It's the ultimate game. There's nothing to touch it.
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Le commun des motels
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Informative, Entertaining, and Balanced
13 March 2006 | by (Texas, United States) – See all my reviews

From the description, I expected Shadow Company to be a condemnation of privately run military companies, however the actual film turned out to be very well balanced and well put together.

The film grabs varying viewpoints, from the soldiers in the field, to the executives that hire them, to ethics experts and more. The film looked at the issue from historical, financial, ethical, and effective standpoints.

The film added liveliness and interest through clever use of overlays and cut-away scenes. It managed to add elements of humor from time to time that helped the film feel much less dry than other documentaries.

The best part about the documentary is that it did not attempt to sell me a particular viewpoint. It left me still pondering everything that I had seen on the screen, and attempting to decide what I really felt about the issue.

In total, one of the finer documentaries I have ever seen.


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