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Toes a fine line between docudrama and agitprop. Whether it crosses that line depends on your political persuasion, but without doubt this would have been a stronger film had Winterbottom at least asked why going into a war zone seemed a good plan.
It's probably safe to say that most of what the film depicts happened that way. A film as determined as this one is to make an impassioned statement, though, ought to have made me feel that in my heart, not just accept it intellectually.
Perhaps it will be a strong enough reminder of what's going on down there, un-checked and unregulated, that it will encourage those familiar with the subject to at least talk about it more with those who aren't.
Watching this mélange of journalism and dramatic license can be enthralling and maddening at the same time, because the ring of truth, which the film has, is not the same as the truth, which remains unknown.