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Back from Iraq: The US Soldier Speaks (2005)

Video  -  Documentary | War  -  9 December 2005 (USA)
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A candid look at the war in Iraq by four courageous U.S. soldiers who served on the front lines.

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A candid look at the war in Iraq by four courageous U.S. soldiers who served on the front lines.

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Dry And Unsubstantiated
22 May 2007 | by (Manitoba, Canada) – See all my reviews

This micro-budget "documentary" is really just a series of unsubstantiated claims by a handful of anti-war Iraq veterans. There are no reenactments, few photos (even when intriguing photos are being described, they're not shown) and a stunning lack of other sources -- military or otherwise -- to confirm or deny the stories we hear.

That doesn't make "Back From Iraq: The U.S. Soldier Speaks" an awful film, but it is certainly dry and largely uncompelling. The soldiers, who all deserve our respect, bring up some valid points, but they too often sound like cookie-cutter activists in the tradition of Michael Moore ("It was for oil!"). Moreover, too many of the arguments the film makes could be applied against any war, not just Operation Iraqi Freedom; that is, the brutality of battle, civilian casualties, heartache of those back home, etc.

"Back From Iraq" is a disappointment for those with an interest in this conflict.


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