Combat Obscura

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Just out of high school, at the age of 18, Miles Lagoze enlisted in the Marine Corps. He was deployed to Afghanistan where he served as Combat Camera -- his unit's official videographer, tasked with shooting and editing footage for the Corps' recruiting purposes and historical initiatives. But upon discharging, Lagoze took all the footage he and his fellow cameramen shot, and he assembled quite simply the very documentary the Corps does not want you to see. COMBAT OBSCURA is a groundbreaking look at the daily life of Marines in a war zone as told by the soldiers themselves. More than a mere compilation of violence, the edit ingeniously repurposes the original footage to reveal the intensity and paradoxes of an ambiguous war from an unvarnished perspective.

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Critic Reviews for Combat Obscura

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (4)

  • Depicts the war beneath the narratives, capturing the soldier's experience with an immediacy that explodes political abstraction, placing it in a more humanist context.

    Mar 21, 2019 | Full Review…

    Andrew Whalen

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  • Leaning in to the style its patchwork of source material requires, "Combat Obscura" is an eye-opening dispatch from a conflict mired in confusion.

    Mar 14, 2019 | Full Review…
  • A warts-and-all look at in-the-trenches behavior and misbehavior.

    Mar 14, 2019 | Full Review…
  • It may not offer much more than a hellish, on-the-ground vision of the war in Afghanistan, but perhaps it's enough that Lagoze detonates any lingering illusions of military heroism.

    Mar 12, 2019 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • [in this] jangled, jarring Afghan War documentary, a Marine Corps cameraman shows the flippant cynicism of combat in ways the military would rather we not think about.

    Apr 2, 2019 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…
  • This remarkable film comes across as war's backstage story-it's about the stuff they leave out of the official coverage.

    Mar 21, 2019 | Full Review…

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