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Battle for Haditha

Battle for Haditha (2007)

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67

Average Rating: 6.1/10
Reviews Counted: 30
Fresh: 20 | Rotten: 10

This narrative retelling of the real life tragedy in Haditha is gripping and immediate but may sacrifice the subtleties of history for dramatic impact.

83

Average Rating: 6.9/10
Critic Reviews: 12
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 2

This narrative retelling of the real life tragedy in Haditha is gripping and immediate but may sacrifice the subtleties of history for dramatic impact.

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Average Rating: 3.6/5
User Ratings: 2,977

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The fate of two cultures becomes locked on a tragic collision course in director Nick Broomfield's dramatization of the events that led to the massacre of 24 Iraqi men, women, and children by American Marines. A squadron of American soldiers goes speeding across the Iraqi desert in a convoy of armored Humvees, eventually stopping at a local store where the soldiers jump out to stretch and browse the DVD selection. Meanwhile, as the Marines strike up a conversation with the young male clerk

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Art House & International, Drama

Dec 30, 2008

HanWay Films

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All Critics (30) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (20) | Rotten (10) | DVD (4)

Lacking in subtlety and nuance, Broomfield's nerve-jangling movie nonetheless succeeds in showing the war from various vantage points. And from wherever one's standing, the view is profoundly disturbing.

May 30, 2008 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Films about the Iraq war continue to come and, I hope, will keep coming. Among the most recent, The Battle for Haditha is especially notable.

May 27, 2008 | Comment (1)
The New Republic
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It might just be the movie this war has been waiting for.

May 9, 2008 Full Review Source: Salon.com | Comment (1)
Salon.com
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In Battle for Haditha the British filmmaker Nick Broomfield revisits a wretched chapter of the war in Iraq.

May 7, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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The killing of 24 Iraqi civilians by U.S. marines in November 2005 is still so clouded by cover-up that the last thing anyone needs now is an improvised drama about the tragedy by UK gonzo documentarian Nick Broomfield.

May 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comment (1)
Chicago Reader
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This film by Nick Broomfield, which superficially resembles Brian De Palma's Redacted in that it is a mockumentary based on real, horrible events, is a 90-minute libel against the Marine Corps.

May 7, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Post | Comments (3)
New York Post
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A bold effort to grapple with what truth lies behind these images, rather than to simply throw one's hands up in the face of them

August 8, 2009 Full Review Source: indieWIRE
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Unable or unwilling to acknowledge or comprehend this trauma, the U.S. command structure is indicted no matter what it says.

July 3, 2008 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

Previous films such as "Gunners Palace" and the more famous "War Tapes" gave us intimate footage of the day to day danger and tedium of the war, but no film has shown both sides with the power and accuracy of "Battle for Haditha"

June 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Monsters and Critics | Comment (1)
Monsters and Critics

Broomfield very effectively balances these storylines with superb cutting.

May 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Remember when your mother warned that playing video games would desensitize you to violence? Now witness Exhibit A: a docudrama showcasing Generation Kill's all volunteer army in all its glory.

May 12, 2008 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze | Comment (1)
NewsBlaze

There's a size and scope to the film we haven't seen in Broomfield's prior work that shows him capable of creating a piece of cinema on par with Michael Winterbottom's films.

May 9, 2008 Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net
ComingSoon.net

Unsubtle but gripping, Battle For Haditha illustrates how a military that treats every man, woman, and child as a potential enemy can soon find that such thinking constitutes a self-fulfilling prophecy.

May 8, 2008 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

I can't begin to describe how creepy this futuristic movie is.

May 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Times [UK] | Comments (2)
Times [UK]

If Broomfield hoped to shed some light on what happened at Haditha beyond our worst preconceptions, he's failed.

May 7, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Comment (1)
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Although Battle for Haditha is certainly a plotted and arranged fiction, it is skillful and informative without corrupting our perspective via the techno-faddishness that undoes current filmmakers

May 7, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Press
New York Press

Amounts to overkill and leaves no room for interpretation or analysis.

May 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

His conflation of reality and narrative filmmaking, unique as it may seem, that doesn't always work.

May 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

the most sustained and unshakable narrative film to investigate the occupation of Iraq

May 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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Audience Reviews for Battle for Haditha

This film apparently pissed off every Marine out there. Any movie that inspires THAT much emotion is noteworthy....but this is a gut wrenching film! This movie did a good job of showing all sides of this tragic circumstance, in my opinion. I felt horrible for everyone involved...and I was left sickened to the core.
October 10, 2011
itsjustme2004

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A modern warfare movie about a terrible massacre of Iragi people. Nick Broomfield is better known for his documents then movies. "Battle for Haditha" has a documentary feeling, focusing on the Marines as well as the Iraqi insurgents and locals.

Based on a true story where 24 innocent local Iraqs were killed, "Haditha" portrays well the madness of today. Innocent people suffer because of war. It feels realistic and it is not a joy to watch it.

If you think of it as a normal war movie, "Haditha" doesn't stand out. It's slowpaced but because of its story, people interested about the Irag war should see it.
December 16, 2008
TheMachinist

Super Reviewer

Believably brutal study of a military engagement gone horrifically wrong. Did make me wonder how often this must happen and it is simply covered up.
March 21, 2008
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Gordon A

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Director:Nick Broomfield
Released: 2008
Stars:Elliot Ruiz, Yasmine Hanani, Andrew McLaren Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK







An investigation of the massacre of 24 men, women and children in Haditha, Iraq allegedly shot by 4 U.S. Marines in retaliation for the death of a U.S. Marine killed by a roadside bomb. The movie follows the story of the Marines of Kilo Company, an Iraqi family, and the insurgents who plant the roadside bomb.

Now weirdly I've always been familar with Brit director Nick Broomfield but never bothered to watch any of his work. I was lucky enough to spot it on TV here in the UK and sat and watched it all the way through. I have to admit I thought it was absolutly superb indeed.

As everyone knows, The Iraq war was incredibly unpopular both here and in the US, but seeing it from a soldier's point of view is something new entirely. What is done so well is that, asides dramtising the events on screen, the sodliers are characterised so well that you begin to understand them and idenitfy with them so to speak. In particular the character of Cpl. Ramirez is exactly the type of character you would expect in the marines but you see a different side to him entirely. For instance towards the end of the film he describes the horrors that he has seen during his dreams and that he can not sleep. He discusses this with one solider who didn't seem to understand him at all. Gradually as the film progresses, the marines are a unit and practically a family and ultimatly that leads to this alleged incident.

One of the most brilliant things about Broomfield's film is that you see many sides to this story. Often you'll only ever see one side. We see the insurgents, marines and other Iraqi families. We get a glimpse every so often of how each section is coping and what they are going to do about it. This creates a lot of tension within thw scene and you gradually begin to feel for the Iraqis and understand he insugents better. By the end of the film you end up with a enormous hatred for the Americans. I won't say anything else as it will spoil the film.

As I've just stated Battle of Heditha is incredibly Ant-American and Anti-War. It points out well that frustrations of the US marines serving in Iraq. We also are witnessed to one scne in particular, in which one of the insurgents declares he wishes he never planted the bomb that lead to this alleges massacre by the Americans. That shook me up. There are many many scenes which slightly changed my thoughts regarding the American soldiers, which i don't want to go into as it will spoil your viewing.

Battle for Haditha is filmed very well indeed. Often by hand-held camera, which gives it that authetic feel. There are also so fine shots of Iraq and neighbouring Iraq backed up by some interesting diagetic music. Interestingly, it's hard to belive that there were very few professional actors used, most were real soliders at that time unbelievable.

Battle for Haditha is one of the most powerful thoughtou-porviking films that I have seen. It brilliantly shows all sides of the argument and depicts what is alleged to have gone on well. I hope that this will get some sort of release in the states, but I understand that Broomfield is struggling to get distribution rights, which figures!!

*Highly recomened watch*
March 18, 2008
SarahG1988

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