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½ June 17, 2015
6/17/15 Netflix

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!!!
½ April 14, 2015
Frighteningly immersive, and startlingly different from a US equivalent. Powerful and significant.
March 3, 2015
I thought this movie was well shot. The film avoids judgments for or against the war, and instead shows the soldiers struggling to maintain their humanity in a world filled with violence.
January 15, 2015
Who would have thought the best war documentary of the century would be danish. Its dramatic and gripping and shot by cameramen with some serious balls!
½ December 24, 2014
It doesn't bother me if a documentary is staged or scripted or mostly assembled in the editing room, but it's nice when you can't tell. Even if it wasn't, this movie frequently feels staged, and the best sequence is a minimally-edited battle towards the end that maintains an extraordinary level of tension simply through the act of documenting. They're an interesting group of guys, but as the main subject doesn't appear to be very dynamic and just kind of fades into the background, there aren't any stand-out characters to latch onto and it feels a bit rambling and impersonal.
September 29, 2014
If Restrepo deserves the best credit for a military documentary. This Danish well made documentary deserves another praise of credits as these soldiers made to sacrifice their own lives for their country and their family. Though there are some scenes that they are just having fun that cause its somewhat boredom. But the insights of these soldiers are worth a watch especially when the trouble comes. You are starting to wonder how did they survive for those six months of combat.
April 23, 2014
I Don't Like Documentary Films.
January 16, 2014
Brutal front line footage following Danish soldiers in Helmand in Afghanistan. Great film, overlooked because it has English subtitles.

Forget its subtitled. Your missing out if you're put out by them.
January 9, 2014
In the U.S. of A, the media makes it seems like the U.S. is the only country fighting the war on terror, but it's far from the truth. there are numerous countries fighting in Afghanistan, and one of them is Denmark.

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.
January 3, 2014
EXCELLENT documentary detailing the day-to-day operations of Danish soldiers in Afghanistan. The direction of the movie is so flawless you think it is done on a movie set. Interesting as well to see the difference in comportment between American and Danish soldiers, along with the similarities they share.

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.
December 3, 2013
Taking you into the fight with the Taliban, except this time, it's with the Danish.

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.
November 27, 2013
Much more combat focused than Restrepo. Not as much character development as I would've liked, but excellent nonetheless.
½ November 5, 2013
Denmark has troops in Afghanistan. Here we follow a group of soldiers during their six months in Taliban land. They are followed very closely by the camera man. In fact so close, that we duck together with him, when the machine gun fire starts.What's controversial here and has caused much debate in Denmark is the possibility of a war crime being committed, almost in front of our eyes. We can't judge, but we also see Danish soldiers being hurt and we follow the debriefing afterwards.The interesting thing is the loyalty conflict, which appears and which you will watch for yourself. Watch is war morality about? Anyway, these documentary takes us in every way nearer war conditions than most movies shown before, even from Vietnam.
Super Reviewer
November 5, 2013
War documentaries are important in showing a side of reality that we normally don't see. The image of war that has been hollywoodized is stripped away, and the sheer reality of what's going onsets in. What you see before you is real, the soldiers are not actors and the intensity is raw, gritty and in your face. Armadillo is a phenomenal documentary about the Afghan war effort. Following a six month tour of duty by a Danish Regiment, Armadillo plunges the viewers directly in the experience of what goes on behind enemy lines, and shows us what these soldiers go through in order to try and stabilize a country torn apart by war. This is a riveting film, one that is a must see for viewers who are interested in warfare. Because of the subject, it's an important film, one that needs to be seen. The film shows us what these soldiers go through, the cost of what warfare can do to the human state of mind, and how the soldiers try to keep their minds occupied so that they can accomplish their mission and return home safely. This documentary shows us that fighting the war in Afghanistan is not all about fighting the Taliban, but it's also to bring stability and security to a country that was oppressed by the Taliban. Armadillo is terrific in its portrayal of what warfare is like. For those interested in the subject, this is a very good film to watch, and like other documentaries like Gunner Palace and Restrepo, Armadillo is an important film that needs to be seen. If you want to know more about the war effort in Afghanistan then this is a perfect film to watch and learn. Brilliant, disturbing, and at times shocking, Armadillo is like no other documentaries that have come before it, but is sure to join the many films about the subject as essential viewing.
October 13, 2013
Good insight into the reality and thoughts of soldiers.
½ August 14, 2013
I was never really quite sure how to take this film. It`s shot in documentary style and yet at many points especially when the focus is on the soldiers themselves it feels quite dramatised. For me, this constantly leaves you questioning the projects validity. Anyone who's watch the excellent Ross Kemp in Afghanistan TV programme will find the patrols and subsequent engagements very familiar and the rising frustration of the soldiers struggling for any face to face combat with the Taliban. At the end the film suddenly takes a shift with a different turn of events and I was left frustrated that this aspect wasn't investigated in any detail...ultimately as the troops say themselves "you weren't there man" doesn't quite explain everything.
½ June 20, 2013
Very good insight in the meaning of war, and raises man questions. An unforgettable documentary
March 31, 2013
It's kind of shocking to see the kind of baby-faced kids were still sending out there to fight our wars.
½ December 17, 2012
One of the better war documentaries I've seen, showing how death and killing can become something to enjoy and be praised for. A little bit sad, a little bit shocking and another eye opener. Worth seeing.
Super Reviewer
November 30, 2012
In the searing documentary "Armadillo," there is a controversy late in the film centering around a firefight from outside the platoon the movie has been following for months. What is implied strongly in the conversation is that unless you were there, you cannot judge the actions of soldiers in combat. This documentary about soldiers facing an unseen and respected foe is the next best thing, however.

"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.
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