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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
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Lets the soldiers tell their stories by the way they live day-to-day during their tour of duty.
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.
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.
A mesmerizing, beautiful and terrifying documentary that can stand among the greatest war movies ever made.
Aficionados of the first-person format will be salivating over the footage captured by Metz and his cinematographer Lars Skree.
A must-see for those not afraid of seeing and hearing a true statement of the horrors of war.
Metz captures and weaves together striking images with great craft. The actual hell of an actual war has never been so beautifully rendered.
You may be sick of war films about Afghanistan by now, but Armadillo's boldly objective take on the situation shouldn't be missed.
The film doesn't sit in judgment, but it does broaden our understanding of what's happening behind enemy lines - and behind the headlines.
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.
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