Documentaries ace Hollywood every time. This movie gives a gritty, up close no holds barred look at war and its impact on the men who participate in it. Real soldiers, real action and real emotions. The Director and Cinematographer are as courageous as the soldiers they are covering. They are right in the middle of it and the viewer can see it and feel it. Well Done!!!
Forget its subtitled. Your missing out if you're put out by them.
Restrepo was a better film visually, but this film is more intimate and to some extend uncensored. You get the full feeling of emotions being had that these soldiers are experiencing thanks to some timely and affective camera work.
An excellent documentary whose style, sound, and post-production is so seamlessly accomplished it's as if the entire movie was shot on a set. The Globe and Mail's review of this movie labelled is cinematically dangerous, and I have to agree on two fronts: one, as reviews indicate below, the movie is so eloquently done that it blurs the line between fiction and reality, and two, the movie's portrayal of war I found had a subtle and tantalizing effect on the viewer. At times the movie draws you in and leaves you almost perhaps wondering what these soldiers experience, based on how it depicts their experiences. Suffice to say that the horrors of war are something noone should ever experience, the day-to-day experience, the manner in which the movie was shot, the intimate details released during the solders' professional and personal lives during their tour makes for an engrossing cinematic experience. Perhaps the best documentary I have seen. The viewing experience is almost akin to that of Band of Brothers. Metz is an expert documentary filmmaker.
Similar to Restrepo, this documentary shows you the hardships of the War on Terror and how it affects everyone, globally, and not just people in Afghanistan.
"Armadillo" is largely filmed in 2010 at a forward base in Helmand Province in Afghanistan that houses 200 Danish and British soldiders. Unstated in this documentary is the fact that there is a draft in Denmark, so it is a little hard to judge who truly wants to be there, just as the immaturity of the soldiers show in their love of strippers, porn and video games.(There is a great cut from a violent video game to an outside scene illuminated by an infrared lens.) They are on a six month rotation to a war they did not start and will not finish. In the short time available, the soldiers try to make Afghanistan a better place for the natives living there who acknowledge their temporary status and do not all come out unscathed, like the soldiers seeking to protect them.