Lets the soldiers tell their stories by the way they live day-to-day during their tour of duty.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
It's alluring to watch.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
There's little new in "Armadillo."
| Original Score: 2/4
A mesmerizing, beautiful and terrifying documentary that can stand among the greatest war movies ever made.
You emerge shaken and bothered, which may sound like a reason not to see the movie. It is actually the opposite.
It's a sickening but stunning portrait of combat that looks past notions of bravery or brutality, guilt or innocence, to bear witness to a thoroughly besieged humanity.
While much of Armadillo echoes last year's Restrepo, the unprecedented access of director Janus Metz and cameraman Lars Skree reveals the alternating waves of frontline tedium and terror with fresh immediacy.
What Metz gives us is an unusually intimate portrait of the cycle of arrival, survival and departure experienced by soldiers on a six-month tour of duty.
| Original Score: 3/5
This is filmmaking of great skill, in documenting what soldiers themselves say are conditions that no one on the outside can really understand.
| Original Score: 3/4