THE HORNET’S NEST

"Real Heroism and Bravery"

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THE HORNET'S NEST is a riveting documentary following two war correspondents in Afghanistan. For 34 years, Mike has served as a war correspondent all over the world. However, it’s cost him his relationship with his family, especially his son Carlos. When Mike is scheduled to be embedded with the U.S. Army in Afghanistan, his son Carlos says he’s going with him no matter what. Although Mike knows they’ll see combat, he also realizes this might be the last chance he’ll have to reconnect with his son. So, the father and son duo leave together to report on the war.

THE HORNET'S NEST is a terrifyingly intense movie, because the footage, the soldiers and the deaths are all real. Though not overtly Christian, the moral principles of bravery, courage, honor, and sacrifice are seen in a raw way. Soldiers fight for each other with real conviction and fight for Afghani locals, especially children, who are constantly put in danger by Islamic terrorists. Extreme caution is advised due to foul language and war violence. Otherwise, however, THE HORNET'S NEST is an inspiring, patriotic, moving documentary.

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(BBB, C, PPP, LLL, VV, D) Strong moral worldview extolling courage, bravery, sacrifice, and honor in American troops who fight for each other and for Afghani locals who are in danger of Islamic terrorists, a father reconnects with his son through his work, with some redemptive content, and one soldier says “God willing”; 61 obscenities (including about 40 “f” words) and two profanities; intense war sequences with gun shots and explosions, but almost no gore or blood, implied deaths of soldiers and brief pictures of wounded men with some graphic description of injuries; no sexual content; no nudity; light smoking; no drinking; and, nothing else objectionable.

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THE HORNET’S NEST is an emotionally riveting documentary following a war correspondent in Afghanistan.

For 34 years, Mike Boettcher has served as a war correspondent. Due to the amount of time he spends overseas and the constant danger he faces, Mike’s work has cost him his relationship with his family, especially his son Carlos. When Mike is set to be embedded with the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division in August 2008, his son Carlos says he’s going with his father no matter what. Even though Mike knows they’ll see combat, he also realizes this might be the last chance he’ll really have to reconnect with his son. So, the father and son leave together to report on the war.

Traveling through the mountains, setting off IEDs, and encountering Taliban soldiers while reporting, Carlos quickly adjusts to the dangers in Afghanistan. The two journalists experience some of the war’s fiercest battles together and their work is highly commended by journalistic peers, but not without great cost. Ultimately, both Mike and Carlos discover the importance of what they’re doing.

THE HORNET’S NEST is a terrifyingly intense movie, because the footage, the soldiers and the deaths are all real. Expertly edited, the movie is highly emotional and extremely gripping. The use of GoPro cameras on top of helmets successfully immerses the viewer into the deadly world that soldiers inhabit, day in and day out. Though not overtly Christian, the moral principles of bravery, courage, honor, and sacrifice are seen in a raw way. Soldiers fight for each other with real conviction and fight for Afghani locals, especially children, who are constantly put in danger by Islamic fanatics and terrorists. In many ways, THE HORNET’S NEST shows Hollywood and America what war really looks like.

In an age where a multitude of documentaries focus on war crimes and scandals that many times slanders the large majority of American troops who have ethics and integrity, it’s highly encouraging to see a movie that highlights real heroism. Extreme caution is advised due to lots of strong foul language and footage of war violence. Otherwise, THE HORNET’S NEST is an inspiring, patriotic, moving documentary suitable only for mature adults and older teenagers.

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