Armadillo (2011)

Armadillo

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ARMADILLO is an astute exploration of the culture of war. Director Janus Metz follows Danish soldiers fighting the Taliban in the Helmand province of southern Afghanistan with sophisticated visual artistry rarely achieved under such raw conditions. Building his film around the characters within the platoon, Metz allows us to witness how war transforms the different personalities, and the group, approaching his subjects with an intimacy equal to that of fiction. The active military base … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Special Interest
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In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 18, 2011
Box Office: $10.3k
Runtime:
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Critic Reviews for Armadillo

All Critics (52) | Top Critics (13)

Lets the soldiers tell their stories by the way they live day-to-day during their tour of duty.

Full Review… | July 3, 2011
Toronto Star
Top Critic

When the bombs go off and the bullets start flying, Metz and his cameraman provide a real-life vision of what a hurt locker is really all about.

Full Review… | July 1, 2011
Hollywood Reporter
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It's alluring to watch.

Full Review… | June 23, 2011
Boston Globe
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The movie's strength and audacity comes from the Danish soldiers, who confront civilians with wariness or bluntness, exalt in their victories and hesitantly exhibit fear in each others' company.

Full Review… | April 15, 2011
New York Daily News
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There's little new in "Armadillo."

Full Review… | April 15, 2011
New York Post
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A mesmerizing, beautiful and terrifying documentary that can stand among the greatest war movies ever made.

Full Review… | April 14, 2011
Salon.com
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Audience Reviews for Armadillo

War documentaries are important in showing a side of reality that we normally don't see. The image of war that has been hollywoodized is stripped away, and the sheer reality of what's going onsets in. What you see before you is real, the soldiers are not actors and the intensity is raw, gritty and in your face. Armadillo is a phenomenal documentary about the Afghan war effort. Following a six month tour of duty by a Danish Regiment, Armadillo plunges the viewers directly in the experience of what goes on behind enemy lines, and shows us what these soldiers go through in order to try and stabilize a country torn apart by war. This is a riveting film, one that is a must see for viewers who are interested in warfare. Because of the subject, it's an important film, one that needs to be seen. The film shows us what these soldiers go through, the cost of what warfare can do to the human state of mind, and how the soldiers try to keep their minds occupied so that they can accomplish their mission and return home safely. This documentary shows us that fighting the war in Afghanistan is not all about fighting the Taliban, but it's also to bring stability and security to a country that was oppressed by the Taliban. Armadillo is terrific in its portrayal of what warfare is like. For those interested in the subject, this is a very good film to watch, and like other documentaries like Gunner Palace and Restrepo, Armadillo is an important film that needs to be seen. If you want to know more about the war effort in Afghanistan then this is a perfect film to watch and learn. Brilliant, disturbing, and at times shocking, Armadillo is like no other documentaries that have come before it, but is sure to join the many films about the subject as essential viewing.

TheDudeLebowski65
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

'Armadillo'. An alarming, eye opening look into a Danish platoon in Afghanistan, leaving me extremely conflicted about the motivations of soldiers.

c0up
c0up  

Super Reviewer

"For you its a movie, for them its a reality"

Documentary filmmaker Janus Metz and cameraman Lars Skree spent six months following the lives of young soldiers situated less than a kilometer away from Taliban positions.

REVIEW
As the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have dragged on they have produced an increasing number of provocative war documentaries that have shattered many of the myths about the black-and-white absolutes of war that have often been sold to those on the home front. Armadillo is one of the best films yet produced about the reality of life during a war. The film follows a Danish unit assigned to Helmand Provence in Afghanistan during a 6 months tour. The filmmakers hold nothing back in this intimate portrait of soldiers at war. They present a picture of young men who seem to lose their humanity in the brutal circumstances of war. The visceral picture of combat is harrowing and the filmmakers should be commended for what they have captured on film.

A film like Armadillo makes us ask ourselves if this war is worth the human cost that we are paying and what it is doing to the soldiers that we are sending to fight these wars. The film has caused considerable controversy in Denmark.

LorenzoVonMatterhorn
Lorenzo von Matterhorn

Super Reviewer

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