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Severe Clear

Severe Clear (2010)

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Average Rating: 6/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 2

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Mike Scotti was a First Lieutenant with the U.S. Marines when he and his outfit, the First Battalion, were sent to Iraq as part of the American invasion forces in 2003. Along with his weapons, Scotti brought a miniature digital video camera into battle, and he kept a record of what he and his fellow soldiers saw as they traveled through hostile territory en route to Baghdad. When Scotti returned from Iraq, he teamed up with filmmaker Kristian Fraga to fashion his rough footage into a film, and

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Documentary, Special Interest

Kristian Fraga

Oct 24, 2011

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Most fictional films simply can't capture the immediacy of the experience the way a raw chronicle like this one, from director Kristian Fraga and 1st Lt. Mike Scotti, does.

March 16, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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Puts you in the boots of a Marine fighting in Iraq in 2003.

March 12, 2010
New York Times
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Much of this footage might have been illuminating, even fascinating, in 2003. But seven years on, it's ancient history lacking insight, hindsight or a fresh take.

March 12, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Post
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Everything zips by our eyes, thanks to the director's penchant for editing together footage of mutilated corpses and tense gunfire way too snappily.

March 10, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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A potent reminder of how thankless a soldier's job is.

March 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Village Voice | Comments (2)
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A handful of real Iraqis were shown, bodies destroyed by explosion and gunfire--and, in the end, what I'm calling this movie is entertaining. That's no tidy proposition.

March 17, 2010 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Finds just the right balance between entertaining the audience and provoking them emotionally as well as intellectually. A very appropriate companion piece to The Hurt Locker.

March 11, 2010 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
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The battles we see resemble less Coppola's clear-eyed surrealism and more the incoherence-skirting camera jostles of contemporary action directing.

March 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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