Memorial Day (2008)
Average Rating: 3.5/10
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Average Rating: 3/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 5
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Filmmaker Josh Fox offers a troubling look into the hearts and minds of American fighting men in this independent drama. Memorial Day opens with a bunch of college students and off-duty soldiers drinking and whooping it up at a beach party in Ocean City, MD, and as the liquor flows, the hijinks become less good-natured and more threatening until several women are raped by the men. We next catch up with the culprits when they're on patrol in Iraq, ferreting out insurgents and passing their spare
Jun 15, 2008 Wide
Rather than backing up the old chestnut about the banality of evil, Memorial Day does nothing but remind us that cinematic repetition inevitably robs immorality of its impact.
Memorial Day moves from clever mock documentary to groan-inducing conceptualism.
Back in Iraq, the film's trite, unexamined spectacle of men and women behaving badly proceeds.
For all its visceral assaults and improv-ish aesthetics, in the end Memorial Day offers a conventional moral assessment.
Most of the last hour of Memorial Day feels like a retread at least, and horribly exploitative at worst.
Fox's directorial debut is a strangely fascinating piece of misguided intentions, a crooked attempt to editorialize on the ugliest aspects of human nature gone awry.
Memorial Day sets up the party zone as a moral equivalent to the war zone, hammers that connection home and then stops-content with offering an equation in lieu of an argument
Unpleasant concoction attempting to link soldiers on a drunken, sex-filled holiday beach leave with their horrific, sadistic behavior at an Abu Ghraib-like Iraqi prison is literally nauseating, no thanks to camerawork gone wild.
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