Hell and Back Again Reviews
Whether a documentary or a scripted film we are constantly shown the craziness of war and our attempts to bring our brand of democracy and order to a f..ked environment. It is a tribute to our everyday soldiers that they persevere and go back into the belly of the beast 3,4 5 times. The physical scars are evident but not always the emotional ones. This film tries with pretty good success to show both. Thankfully, this country can produce the class of people this movie portrays.
Guy not dealing with that or with not being in charge all the time too well.
Bit too lax / scary with his gun too at home ( though obviously well trained on gun safety too ).
Real nice film quality visually, beautiful shots.
Good to see the communication going on between the locals and the U.S. Army. Trying to help people stuck in the middle.
During the story of Nathan back home, our point of view shifts from time to time to the Afghan war scene. These suggest the flashbacks that Nathan experiences.
Ironic scenes from Nathan playing Call of Duty confront the viewer with the barbarity it is of reducing war to an enjoyable video game.
The strongest moment in the film features one of Obama's speeches touching on the Afghan war. The film suggests the ridiculousness, emptiness and idiocy of Obama's idealized speeches about war, and subtly subverts it when a wounded and indifferent Nathan comments: "Well, Afgan people aren't watching."
This film suggests that even physically unharmed marines come home profoundly wounded, be it emotional. Nathan's neurotic and unpredictable behaviour makes us question what injury cuts deeper, the physical or the emotional.