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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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…

While some films edge closer to the ghastly reality, and others capture the tedium, none seem to embody the stark duality as "Combat Obscura" so fully.

Mar 17, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…

... smartly avoids politics without providing much context, preferring to salute its subjects for their courage and camaraderie.

Mar 15, 2019 | Full Review…

An unfiltered tour-de-force of witness to things that cannot remain unseen... His sense of dynamic montage is a fragmentation of consciousness unto itself: you cannot predict whether kindness will follow confusion or terror comes after raucous laughter.

Mar 11, 2019 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

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