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Brothers at War (2009)

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First-time feature filmmaker Jake Rademacher attempts to understand the experiences, motivations, and sacrifices made by his two brothers, both of whom enlisted to serve their country by fighting in Iraq, by joining them on the front lines and experiencing their hardships firsthand. Isaac and Joe Rademacher are soldiers. Their brother, Jake, is not. Now, in an effort to understand just why his brothers have chosen to serve their country in the way that they have, Jake travels behind the camouflage curtain on secret missions into sniper "hide sites" in the Sunni Triangle, dodges machine-gun fire in a tense stand-off with the Iraqi Army, and follows secret reconnaissance troops on the Syrian border. Through these experiences, Jake is offered the unique opportunity to explore the bonds between soldiers on the front lines, and the effects their absence has on the loved ones awaiting their return back home.

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Rademacher's vigorous commitment to making the documentary, as well as to his large, close-knit family, deserves respect.

May 15, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Brothers at War would be interesting enough if it merely observed soldiers in their element as they chill behind friendly lines, but this documentary, which begins at a low key, gradually becomes intense and psychologically complicated.

May 8, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Insights shared by those left behind sharpen the focus on the sacrifices made by those who go off to war -- a message that might have been clearer were the film not so self-serving.

May 8, 2009 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…

Just because Rademacher believes his film to be "non-partisan" does not make it so.

May 5, 2009 | Full Review…

The epitome of an embedded war report.

March 27, 2009 | Full Review…

Provides some interesting perspectives but also veers dangerously close to vanity project.

March 23, 2009 | Full Review…
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An honest documentary about the lives of American soldiers in Iraq, initially conceived by the filmmaker as a way to portray the routine and experiences of his two brothers serving there but then growing into something quite revealing about the relationship between them.

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