Occupation: Dreamland (2005)

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Critic Consensus: This documentary of American soldiers in Falluja offers a revealing and complex portrait of Army life.

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'Occupation: Dreamland' is a melancholy portrait of a squad of the US Army's 82nd Airborne deployed in the doomed Iraqi city of Falluja during the winter of 2004. A collective study of the squad unfolds as they cope with an environment of low-intensity conflict and confusion creeping steadily towards catastrophe. Through the squad's activities, 'Occupation: Dreamland' provides a vital glimpse into the last days of Falluja before a final series of assaults began in the spring of 2004 that effectively destroyed the city. The result is a revealing, sometimes surprising look at Army life, operations and the complexity of American war in the 21st century.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Documentary , Special Interest
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Critic Reviews for Occupation: Dreamland

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (12)

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Full Review… | November 16, 2011
Time Out
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Full Review… | August 15, 2007
Time Out
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Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
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The occupation may have settled into grim, bloody drudgery. But if we're going to learn anything about the place and our involvement there, films about it can't join suit.

February 3, 2006
Orlando Sentinel
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Full Review… | October 14, 2005
Houston Chronicle
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It offers a look at the kind of Americans not often put on movie screens.

Full Review… | October 14, 2005
Los Angeles Times
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Audience Reviews for Occupation: Dreamland

The documentary is fair and poignant, and doesn't rely on explosions. You feel for the people involved, even though they are far from the best sort. It has very good editing and indicates a dedicated post-production. There are a lot of elements of artistry in the film, and the parallels are exploited. This film does a good job of combining its artistic and temporal aspects. It doesn't say much that isn't known, however. I still recommend it, though, if you have some spare time.

Jason Dennis
Jason Dennis

Occupation: Dreamland (2005: dir. Ian Olds, Garret Scott): 6/10 [img]http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a120/bosox5429/Directors/Garrett%20Scott/2005occupationdreamland.jpg[/img] *1 Ian Olds Film Seen* *1 Garrett Scott Film Seen*

Justin Bell
Justin Bell
½

The documentary is fair and poignant, and doesn't rely on explosions. You feel for the people involved, even though they are far from the best sort. It has very good editing and indicates a dedicated post-production. There are a lot of elements of artistry in the film, and the parallels are exploited. This film does a good job of combining its artistic and temporal aspects. It doesn't say much that isn't known, however, so it won't be winning any awards, most likely. I still recommend it, though, if you have some spare time.

Jason Dennis
Jason Dennis

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