Full Battle Rattle (2008)
Critic Consensus: Full Battle Rattle is an insightful, eye-opening account of the preparations soldiers must make for their service in Iraq.
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Critic Reviews for Full Battle Rattle
A docu about modern war games in the California desert contains little insight into the Iraq War.
A keenly insightful film concerning an unusual training program for war-bound U.S. soldiers.
Full Battle Rattle works just fine as a two-fisted combat story, with unexpected bursts of violence peppering that old universal message that war is hell. But the added layer of pretense pushes the movie to another level.
One of the many surreal aspects of this fabulously disorienting movie: its representation of an Iraqi heaven that's an American hell.
Audience Reviews for Full Battle Rattle
A rather wild look at the training camp set up in the Mojave desert to mimic the conditions of Iraq for the purposes of training soldiers for deployment. The film follows both the military men as well as the character actors within the 'village' who are given scripted prompts and elaborate back stories to work with to develop their characters and how they feel about the occupying U.S. forces.
At turns disturbing, funny and downright depressing, this film is well worth a look.
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