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A thorough and widely remarkable 10-part documentary about a deployment aboard the USS Nimitz aircraft carrier. An immensely ambitious and encompassing effort, apparently they managed to trim 1600 hours of footage into 10 hours, with themes and character arcs that are nothing but real. This is also a high caliber recruitment tool (the main reason why the Navy would even consider giving the film crew permission to tag along), but it's also damn fine documentary.
Filmed entirely aboard the U.S.S. Nimitz, Carrier is a 10 hour, 10 part PBS original documentary presented in film reality genre. Besides the obvious, offering an insider look at living on an aircraft carrier, the documentary confirms all our deepest fears of the military being a dumping ground for our society's poor and illiterate. The primary theme I walked away with is that the U.S.S. Nimitz is a large vocational school for those who couldn't get into college, whether it be because of money or making the grade. Sad indeed, yet timely in the wake of 2 wars where our administration sends hundreds of thousands off to fight expansionist wars around the world.
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