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Armadillo (2011)



Average Rating: 7.1/10
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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

Oct 18, 2011


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

July 3, 2011 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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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.

July 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
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It's alluring to watch.

June 23, 2011 Full Review Source: 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.

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

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

April 14, 2011 Full Review Source:
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One of the best war films in years.

October 25, 2011 Full Review Source:

Beautifully (and scarily) filmed and deeply moving.

July 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

Armadillo shows us things we haven't seen before.

July 1, 2011 Full Review Source: NOW Toronto
NOW Toronto

Aficionados of the first-person format will be salivating over the footage captured by Metz and his cinematographer Lars Skree.

June 12, 2011 Full Review Source:

Armadillo is a harsh, honest document about men at war - any war.

June 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
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...a mostly new twist to consider the Allies who support the U.S. effort - if it is heartbreaking for American families to send their youth to war in Iraq and Afghanistan, imagine how it must feel for the Danes.

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A must-see for those not afraid of seeing and hearing a true statement of the horrors of war.

May 24, 2011 Full Review Source: Monsters and Critics
Monsters and Critics

War doc sets itself apart with skilled storytelling

May 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
Movie Habit

Metz captures and weaves together striking images with great craft. The actual hell of an actual war has never been so beautifully rendered.

April 28, 2011 Full Review Source: Oregonian

You may be sick of war films about Afghanistan by now, but Armadillo's boldly objective take on the situation shouldn't be missed.

April 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
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The film doesn't sit in judgment, but it does broaden our understanding of what's happening behind enemy lines - and behind the headlines.

April 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Scotsman

Armadillo alternates between scenes of tedium on base and wildly dangerous raids, with the inadvertent effect that viewers get hungry for a little combat to alleviate the monotony.

April 19, 2011 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
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Made with the visual polish and dramatic intensity of a fictional feature, Armadillo is a significant addition to the documentaries on the war on terror.

April 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Express
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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.
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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'Armadillo'. An alarming, eye opening look into a Danish platoon in Afghanistan, leaving me extremely conflicted about the motivations of soldiers.
June 19, 2011

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"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.

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.
April 11, 2011
Lorenzo von Matterhorn

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Personal, intimate and very gripping documentary, following a group of young Danish men during their military service in Afghanistan. Having lived in Denmark myself, this hit much more close to home than most documentaries I've ever seen. It's a shocking and very human view of the mental and emotional afflictions that comes with being a soldier. Keeping its focus placed on the individuals, as opposed to the politics, is what makes this film such a riveting watch. It doesn't try preach about what's right or wrong, but maintains a firm objectivity, while simultaneously being close in view. An honest, unfiltered look into a terrifying situation where death is ever present. Highly recommended!
March 19, 2011
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