The Hornet's Nest (2014)
The Hornet's Nest is a groundbreaking and immersive feature film, using unprecedented real footage to tell the story of an elite group of U.S. troops sent on a dangerous mission deep inside one of Afghanistan's most hostile valleys. The film culminates with what was planned as a single day strike turning into nine intense days of harrowing combat against an invisible, hostile enemy in the country's complex terrain where no foreign troops have ever dared to go before. Two embedded journalists, a father and son, bravely followed the troops through the fiercest and most blood-soaked battlegrounds of the conflict. What resulted is an intensely raw feature film experience that will give audiences a deeply emotional and authentic view of the heroism at the center of this gripping story. (c) Freestyle … More
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Critic Reviews for The Hornet's Nest
"...little more than lip service to the horrors, and ethical challenges, of modern war."
Great live action footage fails to make up for poor narration and organization.
The result isn't as cumulatively powerful as intended, but it remains politically even-handed and offers some immersive insight along the front lines.
The Hornet's Nest is exactly the version of the military that the military wants people to see, which means all its earnestness can't help but feel calculated.
Mr. Boettcher knew those men, puts faces to their names. As he says, every soldier's story is different, and they all bear telling.
"The Hornet's Nest" is a kinetic, immersive experience, particularly in its deeply felt human moments.
It becomes clear pretty quickly that Mike and Carlos Boettcher's insider perspective allows for close to no context beyond what their cameras directly capture.
It's worth pointing out that two dozen journalists have been killed in the line of duty on Afghanistan's front lines, bringing the war back home. And they can't shoot back.
This is as close to war as many of you are likely to get, and the tension as bullets whiz by on an Afghan hillside is palpable.
The Hornet's Nest is a powerful movie that shows what really happens on the ground during a conflict like this, and it's very apropos to view around Memorial Day.
It's a thrilling you-are-there war movie, with incredible images from the middle of firefights, mixed with the story of a father and son trying to reconnect.
The moving documentary The Hornet's Nest is a boots-on-the-ground look at America's war in Afghanistan.
Audience Reviews for The Hornet's Nest
An intriguing documentary on the ongoing struggle in Afghanistan and the day to day operations our troops go through, captured through the lenses of a father and son who are both journalists. While there is not as much back story on the soldiers as there should be, this is still a riveting documentary that shows the hardship our military goes through ever y day fighting a war that will seemingly never end. The ending will tear your heart out, with an emotional final scene that should stick in your mind for a long time.More
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