Armadillo Reviews

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TheDudeLebowski65
Super Reviewer
November 3, 2013
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.
c0up
Super Reviewer
June 19, 2011
'Armadillo'. An alarming, eye opening look into a Danish platoon in Afghanistan, leaving me extremely conflicted about the motivations of soldiers.
LorenzoVonMatterhorn
Super Reviewer
April 11, 2011
"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.
CloudStrife84
Super Reviewer
September 19, 2010
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!
Super Reviewer
December 15, 2010
During this fascinating documentary filmed as a fictional war film, I kept wondering how the filmmakers managed to stay alive while doing this in the line of fire. Authentic and magnificently edited, this compelling work grows even more intriguing when some ethical issues arise among the soldiers during the final act.
Harlequin68
Super Reviewer
November 30, 2012
In the searing documentary "Armadillo," there is a controversy late in the film centering around a firefight from outside the platoon the movie has been following for months. What is implied strongly in the conversation is that unless you were there, you cannot judge the actions of soldiers in combat. This documentary about soldiers facing an unseen and respected foe is the next best thing, however.

"Armadillo" is largely filmed in 2010 at a forward base in Helmand Province in Afghanistan that houses 200 Danish and British soldiders. Unstated in this documentary is the fact that there is a draft in Denmark, so it is a little hard to judge who truly wants to be there, just as the immaturity of the soldiers show in their love of strippers, porn and video games.(There is a great cut from a violent video game to an outside scene illuminated by an infrared lens.) They are on a six month rotation to a war they did not start and will not finish. In the short time available, the soldiers try to make Afghanistan a better place for the natives living there who acknowledge their temporary status and do not all come out unscathed, like the soldiers seeking to protect them.
November 15, 2011
Like "Respreto" this is a inside look of moderen war. You follow closly with a small platoon. In this film they are Danish and in Afganistan. Like Repreto I loved the pacing. You get a sense of the long down time of soilders with spikes of action. I find this infinatly facinating. Most people are curious of what war is like, including myself. I recommend starting with repreto since you don't have to read subtittles, but the cinematography is better in this film. I glad movies like this exsist.
March 3, 2015
I thought this movie was well shot. The film avoids judgments for or against the war, and instead shows the soldiers struggling to maintain their humanity in a world filled with violence.
December 18, 2014
Who would have thought the best war documentary of the century would be danish. Its dramatic and gripping and shot by cameramen with some serious balls!
September 29, 2014
If Restrepo deserves the best credit for a military documentary. This Danish well made documentary deserves another praise of credits as these soldiers made to sacrifice their own lives for their country and their family. Though there are some scenes that they are just having fun that cause its somewhat boredom. But the insights of these soldiers are worth a watch especially when the trouble comes. You are starting to wonder how did they survive for those six months of combat.
November 27, 2013
Much more combat focused than Restrepo. Not as much character development as I would've liked, but excellent nonetheless.
½ October 20, 2012
Very good insight in the meaning of war, and raises man questions. An unforgettable documentary
Harlequin68
Super Reviewer
November 30, 2012
In the searing documentary "Armadillo," there is a controversy late in the film centering around a firefight from outside the platoon the movie has been following for months. What is implied strongly in the conversation is that unless you were there, you cannot judge the actions of soldiers in combat. This documentary about soldiers facing an unseen and respected foe is the next best thing, however.

"Armadillo" is largely filmed in 2010 at a forward base in Helmand Province in Afghanistan that houses 200 Danish and British soldiders. Unstated in this documentary is the fact that there is a draft in Denmark, so it is a little hard to judge who truly wants to be there, just as the immaturity of the soldiers show in their love of strippers, porn and video games.(There is a great cut from a violent video game to an outside scene illuminated by an infrared lens.) They are on a six month rotation to a war they did not start and will not finish. In the short time available, the soldiers try to make Afghanistan a better place for the natives living there who acknowledge their temporary status and do not all come out unscathed, like the soldiers seeking to protect them.
November 4, 2012
The active military base "Armadillo" houses a mix of 170 Danish and British soldiers in the ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) who are responsible for providing security to the surrounding area and eliminating the Taliban insurgency.
August 6, 2012
An eye opener like no other, the best dokumentary about the war in Afghanistan ive ever seen, this movie really touched me, i coulded stop thinking about how awfull the war really is, and here in Denmark actually started a debate because it showed a much darker side of the war than we normally see in tv, i think that means that the movie really is succes. This is a amazingly strong movie and a must see for everyone.
March 13, 2012
Gives an insider's view & the sense while 'our' doubtful soldiers rely on empty, ritualistic machoism - the Taliban are doubtless in this battle of ideologies. Here's hoping Armadillo reroutes much youthful curiosity about what war is really like.
June 5, 2012
If Restrepo deserves the best credit for a military documentary. This Danish well made documentary deserves another praise of credits as these soldiers made to sacrifice their own lives for their country and their family. Though there are some scenes that they are just having fun that cause its somewhat boredom. But the insights of these soldiers are worth a watch especially when the trouble comes. You are starting to wonder how did they survive for those six months of combat.
½ September 10, 2011
Amazing. It's so beautifully shot that it took a while for me accept that this was real. Once that sunk in, it took it to another level.
½ April 22, 2012
ahh.. fucked up war..
½ April 8, 2012
Pretty good documentary about the reality and mindset of war. Found myself thinking back to Hurt Locker, in some ways they look and feel the same. There is plenty of action and this one must have been a challenge to shoot. Don't know if the film has a message to send: mostly it is just there, watching what happens.
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