Critic Consensus: 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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as Angel Salazar
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Critic Reviews for Redacted
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.
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.
It's condescending to the audience.
It's hard to watch, and should be. But harder for other reasons. As an experiment in storytelling, it's mainly tedious and phony.
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Not much to say about this one, pretty burtal. 2 stars
"Redacted" is a terrible piece of filmmaking, with an atrocious script, direction so flat-footed that it's laughable, and acting so bad you wince almost non-stop. What's more, the film is despicable, exploiting the nightmare of the Iraq War in an almost pornographic way. I'm not sure I'll ever be able to watch another Brian De Palma film or shake the stench of "Redacted" from my imagination. The film is loosely based on an alleged rape and murder that was committed by U.S. soldiers in Iraq. I certainly think this subject matter warrants exploration by artists, but not by schlockmeisters seeking to cash in on it. "Redacted" operates at the level of ghoulish videographers who get excited when tragedy strikes because they can get great footage. Yet here there isn't even great footage. Every shot seems fake. I think this is the worst film I've ever seen.
Flashy production and faux multiple media sources don't make this feel authentic and the points about Iraq have been better made elsewhere (Battle for Haditha).
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