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Despite DePalma's obvious commitment to the material and passion for the issues at hand, Redacted suffers from stereotypical characters and a forced faux-doc style.



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A fictional story inspired by true events, "Redacted" will force viewers to reconsider the filters through which we see and accept events in our world, the power of the mediated image and how presentation and composition influence our ideas and beliefs. A profound meditation on the way information is packaged, distributed and received in an era with infinite channels of communication, "Redacted" utilizes a variety of created source material--video diaries, produced documentary, surveillance footage, online testimonials, news pieces--to comment on the extreme disconnect between the surface of an image and the reality of ideas and the truth, especially in times of strife. Centered around a small group of American soldiers stationed at a checkpoint in Iraq, "Redacted" alternates points of view, balancing the experiences of these young men under duress and members of the media with those of the local Iraqi people, illuminating how each have been deeply affected by the current conflict and their encounters with each other.

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Izzy Diaz
as Angel Salazar
Daniel Stewart Sherman
as Specialist B.B. Rush
Patrick Carroll
as Reno Flake
Rob Devaney
as Lawyer McCoy
Francois Caillaud
as McCoy's buddy in bar
Mike Figueroa
as Sgt. Vazques
Ty Jones
as Msgt. Jim Sweet
Ohad Knoller
as Army psychiatrist
Bridget Barkan
as Judy McCoy
Paul O'Brien
as Barton's Father
Kel O'Neill
as Gabe Blix
Abigail Savage
as Tattooed Kid
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Critic Reviews for Redacted

All Critics (109) | Top Critics (40)

  • Grant De Palma this much: At least he did not wait until 14 years after hostilities concluded to pull his catch-all war metaphor from the dark cupboard of his psyche.

    Sep 22, 2008 | Full Review…
  • Though the events are gruelingly (and graphically) recreated there's a typical lack of emotional connection which might be forgivable in a thriller but utterly hobbles this supposed cri de coeur. An almost total failure then, but a noble one.

    Mar 14, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Adam Smith
    Top Critic
  • War was ever a Kubrick-ian hell-ride, futile, fundamentally unheroic and de-humanising, but now it's mocked by a mad multimedia accompaniment innocent of all real ethical, moral and humanitarian value.

    Mar 14, 2008 | Rating: 3/6 | Full Review…

    Wally Hammond

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • A very easy film to dismiss but there is more to it than meets the eye.

    Mar 12, 2008 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • De Palma's made a shattering true crime feel phony

    Jan 29, 2008 | Rating: C | Full Review…
  • It's condescending to the audience.

    Dec 3, 2007

Audience Reviews for Redacted

  • Jul 08, 2010
    Not much to say about this one, pretty burtal. 2 stars
    Bruce B Super Reviewer
  • Apr 27, 2009
    This film seemed like a cheap movie high school or college students would make. The acting was really terrible and it was really boring, although the events they were depicting were anything but. A real disappointment.
    Sarah P Super Reviewer
  • Sep 17, 2008
    inspiired by events in irak, life for u.s marines and a incident where a 15 year old girl was raped and murdered, by marines, and why events got to be that way, it doesent show marines in a good light, and is a interesting watch, a nice return for bryan de palma, whos been struggling lately, but if you want to see this, check out a better example, battle for terabitha, a similier type of film.
    scott g Super Reviewer
  • Aug 24, 2008
    This just didnt flow very good and i just didnt like the movie. And hell i hate the war too but it felt forced and cliched.
    John M Super Reviewer

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