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Occupation: Dreamland (2005)



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.
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Critic Reviews for Occupation: Dreamland

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (12)

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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It offers a look at the kind of Americans not often put on movie screens.

Full Review… | October 15, 2005
Los Angeles Times
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A compelling mosaic of voices, some discouraged, some enthusiastic, all aware that there's a job to be done and that they must do it to the best of their abilities.

Full Review… | October 13, 2005
Dallas Morning News
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Without resorting to the steroid-pumped aggro flash of Gunner Palace, Occupation: Dreamland reinforces the impression that the American rodeo in Iraq was always a murderously pointless self-security op.

Full Review… | October 13, 2005
L.A. Weekly
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I think Gunner Palace was in some sense a fairer film.

Full Review… | September 30, 2005
Washington Post
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A grunt's-eye view of the current conflict that needs to be seen, regardless of a viewer's political persuasion.

Full Review… | September 30, 2005
Boston Globe
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Audience Reviews for Occupation: Dreamland

6/30/16 Sundance Doc Club Another look at how screwed up our policy to invade Iraq was. Does a pretty good job of showing the frustration our soldiers endure and the hate we generate among the populace by kicking in their doors in the middle of the night, how would we feel if that was happening in our cities. Soldiers have a duty and a mission given to them by politicians and they do a great job doing that mission. Politicians should be required to see movies like this before they decide to invade a country.

Nick Ueber
Nick Ueber

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

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