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The Hornet's Nest (2014)



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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) Freestylemore
Rating: R (for some western violence)
Genre: Documentary, Special Interest
Directed By: ,
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 9, 2014
Box Office: $0.3M
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Critic Reviews for The Hornet's Nest

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (6)

A vivid up-close view of the travails of U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

Full Review… | June 2, 2014
Top Critic

Mr. Boettcher knew those men, puts faces to their names. As he says, every soldier's story is different, and they all bear telling.

Full Review… | May 29, 2014
New York Times
Top Critic

"The Hornet's Nest" is a kinetic, immersive experience, particularly in its deeply felt human moments.

Full Review… | May 29, 2014
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 22, 2014
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

The moving documentary The Hornet's Nest is a boots-on-the-ground look at America's war in Afghanistan.

Full Review… | May 16, 2014
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/
Top Critic

We're not suggesting that this film is going to drive A-list actors and directors out of the war-movie business. But The Hornet's Nest might push them to change what they do in the name of realism.

Full Review… | May 8, 2014
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

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.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

You want a true, real look at war? This is not an easy film to watch, and very emotional at the end, but do yourself a favor and watch it. Then maybe you can have some sort of inclination of what our soldiers do for us.

This documentary drops the audience into the heart of battle in Afghanistan. It does a superb job of illustrating the unconditional camaraderie the men and women of the military have for each other. They are committed to each other and to their mission. Their level of dedication is unmatched. They are heroes.

No questions are raised about the necessity or rational for this war. It is not about why we are there, what we are trying to achieve there or whether we should be there. These are questions for our leaders and are intentionally omitted.

This is a documentary about the sacrifice so few dare to give for this country. It is a mere glimpse of the tie that binds these heroes. It makes you question whether you could have this level of allegiance to your country. It should make you grateful for the freedoms you have every day. And, it should make you reflect on whether you could be doing more to uphold them, appreciate them and/or protect them.

Craig Henson

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