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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Standard Operating Procedure

Q: What’s the movie about?

A: Documentary about the story behind the torture and abuse photos that came out of Abu Ghraib prison, as told from the point of view of the infamous American soldiers in the pictures.

Q: Who’s in the movie?

A: All of them: Lynndie England, Javal Davis, Megan Ambuhl, Sabrina Harman, Jeremy Sivits, Roman Krol, Charles Graner (pictured and discussed only), as well as Tim Dugan, Janis Karpinski, and Brent Pack

Q: Is this movie worth the price of admission?

A: PhotobucketProceed with Caution. This is yet another interesting perspective on why nobody should ever voluntarily enlist in that "no way out" proposition they call the U.S. army. It's very well done, but it's not always an easy film to watch, and for that reason, it's not for everyone... only those of you who enjoy educating yourselves on the truth about history and stuff.

Q: Will this movie make me laugh?

A: Surprisingly, yes.

Q: Will this movie make me cry?

A: No, but it has more male frontal nudity than Forgetting Sarah Marshall!

Q: Will this movie be up for any awards?

A: It's by legendary documentarian, Errol Morris, so chances are high.

Q: How is the Acting?

A: By the mid-point, I believed these kids were innocent, so it must have been pretty good acting.

Q: How is the Directing?

A: The visuals and graphics and reenactments are pretty stunning. But too many times the fade-to-blacks make you feel like the movie is over when it's not.

Q: How is the story/script?

A: There are a ton of eye-opening sound bites all throughout. I had chills by the time the second narrative sentence was uttered. But I wish the story had been a little tighter, and the film a half an hour shorter. All too often, when I started really getting into what was being discussed, he would change the subject completely, and by the time we got back to the interesting part, I had forgotten what it was I was getting so into about it.

Q: Is there anything else worth mentioning about the movie?

A: The Danny Elfman score catches your attention in the first few notes.

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