Critic Consensus: Despite DePalma's obvious commitment to the material and passion for the issues at hand, Redacted suffers from stereotypical characters and a forced faux-doc style.
A fictional story inspired by true events, "Redacted" will force viewers to reconsider the filters through which we see and accept events in our world, the power of the mediated image and how presentation and composition influence our ideas and beliefs. A profound meditation on the way information is packaged, distributed and received in an era with infinite channels of communication, "Redacted" utilizes a variety of created source material--video diaries, produced documentary, surveillance footage, online testimonials, news pieces--to comment on the extreme disconnect between the surface of an image and the reality of ideas and the truth, especially in times of strife. Centered around a small group of American soldiers stationed at a checkpoint in Iraq, "Redacted" alternates points of view, balancing the experiences of these young men under duress and members of the media with those of the local Iraqi people, illuminating how each have been deeply affected by the current conflict and their encounters with each other. … More
|Rating:||R (for strong disturbing violent content including a rape, pervasive language and some sexual references/images)|
|Directed By:||Brian DePalma|
|Written By:||Brian DePalma|
|In Theaters:||Nov 16, 2007 Wide|
|On DVD:||Feb 19, 2008|
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as Specialist B.B. Rush
as Reno Flake
as Lawyer McCoy
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as Sgt. Vazques
as Msgt. Jim Sweet
as Judy McCoy
as Army psychiatrist
as Barton's Father
as Gabe Blix
as Tattooed Kid
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Critic Reviews for Redacted
Grant De Palma this much: At least he did not wait until 14 years after hostilities concluded to pull his catch-all war metaphor from the dark cupboard of his psyche.
War was ever a Kubrick-ian hell-ride, futile, fundamentally unheroic and de-humanising, but now it's mocked by a mad multimedia accompaniment innocent of all real ethical, moral and humanitarian value.
It's condescending to the audience.
Timeless and more relevant than ever in the face of permanent US war against the world, Redacted has prophetically conjured a parallel US war, targeting journalists and filmmakers. And in an ironic case of redacting the director and his film as well.
Brian De Palma's feature-length fictionalized polemic, Redacted, expresses its outrage with a ferocity that takes mainstream protest of the Iraq war into new territory.
Audience Reviews for Redacted
This just didnt flow very good and i just didnt like the movie. And hell i hate the war too but it felt forced and cliched.
Not much to say about this one, pretty burtal. 2 stars
"Redacted" is a terrible piece of filmmaking, with an atrocious script, direction so flat-footed that it's laughable, and acting so bad you wince almost non-stop. What's more, the film is despicable, exploiting the nightmare of the Iraq War in an almost pornographic way. I'm not sure I'll ever be able to watch another Brian De Palma film or shake the stench of "Redacted" from my imagination.
The film is loosely based on an alleged rape and murder that was committed by U.S. soldiers in Iraq. I certainly think this subject matter warrants exploration by artists, but not by schlockmeisters seeking to cash in on it. "Redacted" operates at the level of ghoulish videographers who get excited when tragedy strikes because they can get great footage. Yet here there isn't even great footage. Every shot seems fake. I think this is the worst film I've ever seen.
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