Severe Clear


Severe Clear

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Mike Scotti was a First Lieutenant with the U.S. Marines when he and his outfit, the First Battalion, were sent to Iraq as part of the American invasion forces in 2003. Along with his weapons, Scotti brought a miniature digital video camera into battle, and he kept a record of what he and his fellow soldiers saw as they traveled through hostile territory en route to Baghdad. When Scotti returned from Iraq, he teamed up with filmmaker Kristian Fraga to fashion his rough footage into a film, and the documentary Severe Clear was the result. Scotti and Fraga have opted not to make a political statement or a broadside for or against the war; instead, Severe Clear offers a first person account of the soldier's experience on the front lines of Iraq, a place of constant danger where nothing can be predicted but the unexpected and terror and excitement walk hand in hand. Severe Clear was an official selection at the 2009 South By Southwest Film Festival.

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Critic Reviews for Severe Clear

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  • Most fictional films simply can't capture the immediacy of the experience the way a raw chronicle like this one, from director Kristian Fraga and 1st Lt. Mike Scotti, does.

    Mar 16, 2010 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Puts you in the boots of a Marine fighting in Iraq in 2003.

    Mar 12, 2010 | Rating: 3.5/5
  • Much of this footage might have been illuminating, even fascinating, in 2003. But seven years on, it's ancient history lacking insight, hindsight or a fresh take.

    Mar 12, 2010 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Everything zips by our eyes, thanks to the director's penchant for editing together footage of mutilated corpses and tense gunfire way too snappily.

    Mar 10, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • A potent reminder of how thankless a soldier's job is.

    Mar 9, 2010 | Full Review…
  • A handful of real Iraqis were shown, bodies destroyed by explosion and gunfire--and, in the end, what I'm calling this movie is entertaining. That's no tidy proposition.

    Mar 17, 2010 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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