"Giving Aid and Comfort to Muslim Terrorists and Their Koranic Jihad"
What You Need To Know:
REDACTED is a series of fictionalized videotapes, faked news reports and Internet video about these soldiers and the Iraq War. This kind of unconventional filmmaking may be good for making controversial political points, but it does little to tell a coherent story, portray character depth, or reveal actual truth. Of course, the movie never reports that two soldiers are now in prison for the crimes depicted here. Nor does it mention the tens of thousands of Iraqi civilians deliberately slaughtered by insurgents, foreign terrorists, Al Qaeda terrorists, and Muslim sectarian partisans.
(HHH, PCPCPC, APAPAP, Ho, LLL, VVV, SS, NN, AA, DD, MM) Very strong politically correct, humanist worldview, with a very strong anti-American text and subtext, including an anti-American diatribe by some goofy-looking young woman on the Internet, plus a few jokes about Army’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy toward immoral homosexual behavior; at least 334 mostly strong obscenities, 23 strong profanities and five light profanities; some very strong violence with blood includes man blown up, soldier machine guns car, implied decapitation, severed head shown, severed arm shown, pregnant Arab shot multiple times is wheeled through hospital, real photos of bloody civilian bodies in Iraq war, implied rape, and threats of violence; strong sexual content includes implied rape and strong vulgar talk; upper female nudity in multiple photos soldiers have and partial rear female nudity; alcohol use and man appears drunk; smoking and brief drug references; and, lying, kidnapping, threats, gambling, insults, and racism.
Director Brian DePalma, who made his name making violent horror movies killing women (DRESSED TO KILL and BODY DOUBLE), has always been a gadfly on the left wing of the political spectrum. This can be seen in early movies like GREETINGS and HI, MOM! to the more recent movie CASUALTIES OF WAR about American soldiers in Vietnam.
With REDACTED, DePalma returns to his roots, with a controversial left-wing movie about two despicable American soldiers in Iraq leading a raid to rape and murder a teenage Iraqi girl and her family. A third soldier wants to make his name in movies by video taping the act, which makes him morally culpable for it. A fourth soldier is bullied and intimated to do nothing to prevent the two soldiers from accomplishing their evil mission. Along the way, DePalma shows one of the two soldiers at a checkpoint killing a pregnant woman and her unborn baby who are being rushed to the hospital. He also shows the platoon’s sergeant getting blown up by a bomb, and one of the soldiers getting decapitated by an Iraqi shouting, “Allah is great!,” in an act of revenge for the murders. Finally, at the end of the movie, DePalma shows real photos of dead Iraqi civilians under the cynical, ironic title, “Collateral Damage,” thus implicitly blaming America and American soldiers for all such deaths in Iraq.
REDACTED is a series of fictionalized videotapes, faked news reports and Internet video about these soldiers and the Iraq War. Included are some fictional shots of two American soldiers being killed on a terrorist website, as well as an anti-American diatribe from some young woman. This kind of unconventional filmmaking may be good for making controversial political points, but it does little to tell a coherent story, portray character depth, or reveal actual truth.
Of course, the real message here is that America and America’s soldiers are evil, weak or incompetent, including racist. The movie cites no real sources to support its claims, including a claim about the deaths of civilians at U.S. Army checkpoints in one 12-month period. Though apparently based on a true story, the movie neglects to mention that two soldiers are in prison for the crimes depicted in the movie. Nor does it mention that, according to sources like the Iraqi government, insurgents, foreign terrorists, Al Qaeda terrorists, and Muslim sectarian partisans have killed at least 35,000 Iraqi civilians, including non-military police, during the American occupation of Iraq. In fact, some civilians captured before their deaths have been brutally tortured by these enemies (and we’re talking real physical mutilation here, not just the use of the controversial waterboarding technique).
Instead of making a movie about one or two incidents by American soldiers, who have already been sentenced for their crimes, DePalma should be making a movie about American soldiers and their leaders trying their best to stop this brutality by Islamofascist, anti-American Arab and Persian fanatics. Of course, that would not serve DePalma’s left-wing agenda to attack the Bush administration and the United States military and undermine the troops’ mission against the terrorists, neo-fascist insurgents and the Taliban in Iraq and Afghanistan.
By the way, in his official statement about this movie, DePalma mentions his anti-Vietnam War movie CASUALTIES OF WAR. In his statement, he calls the Vietnam War “a senseless war.” DePalma should tell that to the two million Vietnamese and Cambodians who were imprisoned and slaughtered by the Communist thugs in Southeast Asia and their Communist supporters in China and the Soviet Union after the Americans left. Talk about redacting, or editing out, important images and information.