Shadow Company Reviews

  • Apr 08, 2013

    Definitely gave some good insights on this line of work that I'm interested in myself. Maybe not enough for complete knowledge of PMC but a good push on forward research.

    Definitely gave some good insights on this line of work that I'm interested in myself. Maybe not enough for complete knowledge of PMC but a good push on forward research.

  • Dec 23, 2011

    Shows various opinions on the topic of "hired guns". Respects the viewer by not humanizing or demonizing either side too much. Interesting and informative.

    Shows various opinions on the topic of "hired guns". Respects the viewer by not humanizing or demonizing either side too much. Interesting and informative.

  • Dec 17, 2011

    A very well made documentary about the huge place private soldier are taking in modern warfare especially in Iraq.A good watch if you are interesting in what is happening in middle east.

    A very well made documentary about the huge place private soldier are taking in modern warfare especially in Iraq.A good watch if you are interesting in what is happening in middle east.

  • Sep 10, 2011

    Probably the most well-balanced doc that I've ever watched. It's simultaneously an indictment of, but also a realistic look into, the world of modern private security companies (i.e. "mercenaries"). A fascinating examination of a world that exists just beyond the veneer of polite society. Grade: B+

    Probably the most well-balanced doc that I've ever watched. It's simultaneously an indictment of, but also a realistic look into, the world of modern private security companies (i.e. "mercenaries"). A fascinating examination of a world that exists just beyond the veneer of polite society. Grade: B+

  • Jun 18, 2011

    A fascinating look at mercenaries and the role they have played in Sierra Leone, Papua New Guinea, Equitorial Guinea, and most recently Iraq. It gives a very well rounded view of these mercenary companies from historical experts, to a lobbyist for these security companies, to people who have worked in the field themselves and those who still are. Very interesting and very well done.

    A fascinating look at mercenaries and the role they have played in Sierra Leone, Papua New Guinea, Equitorial Guinea, and most recently Iraq. It gives a very well rounded view of these mercenary companies from historical experts, to a lobbyist for these security companies, to people who have worked in the field themselves and those who still are. Very interesting and very well done.

  • May 02, 2011

    A very well made documentary about the huge place private soldier are taking in modern warfare especially in Iraq.A good watch if you are interesting in what is happening in middle east.

    A very well made documentary about the huge place private soldier are taking in modern warfare especially in Iraq.A good watch if you are interesting in what is happening in middle east.

  • May 02, 2011

    Started off with 50 different people stating definition of a 'mercenary', followed by historical examples of professional soldiers... they say it's an innovative type of a documentary, to me it's more of a school project. Boring.

    Started off with 50 different people stating definition of a 'mercenary', followed by historical examples of professional soldiers... they say it's an innovative type of a documentary, to me it's more of a school project. Boring.

  • Walter M Super Reviewer
    Mar 17, 2011

    "Shadow Company" is an eye-opening documentary about the history and current state of military contractors(or mercenaries, if you like) with a special emphasis on the Iraq War. For a start, this is nothing new which is how countries did business until the rise of the nation state in the 19th century, when soldiers were started to be rewarded with a sense of duty and patriotism more than money. After the white minority government was removed in Rhodesia, the white soldiers went to South Africa. And they were again out of work with the fall of Apartheid, setting up their own company, Executive Outcomes, in response. According to "Shadow Company," a lot of military contactors act as bodyguards and security personnel in potentially hostile situations.(For this reason, one commentator deems them as evil, since they potentially keep away things from people who might badly need them.) Their stock price, unlike most other businesses, went through the roof after 9/11 and they do a steady business in Iraq, even replacing some departing coalition troops, where an "accountability gap" also exists.(Contractors were killed in Fallujah because the insurgents thought they were CIA.) As some contractors testify, cowboy tactics are frowned upon, as training in the rules of engagement are provided, especially when dealing with the military. And mercenaries overthrowing third world governments is total fantasy, as the situation in Equatorial Guinea proved once and for all.

    "Shadow Company" is an eye-opening documentary about the history and current state of military contractors(or mercenaries, if you like) with a special emphasis on the Iraq War. For a start, this is nothing new which is how countries did business until the rise of the nation state in the 19th century, when soldiers were started to be rewarded with a sense of duty and patriotism more than money. After the white minority government was removed in Rhodesia, the white soldiers went to South Africa. And they were again out of work with the fall of Apartheid, setting up their own company, Executive Outcomes, in response. According to "Shadow Company," a lot of military contactors act as bodyguards and security personnel in potentially hostile situations.(For this reason, one commentator deems them as evil, since they potentially keep away things from people who might badly need them.) Their stock price, unlike most other businesses, went through the roof after 9/11 and they do a steady business in Iraq, even replacing some departing coalition troops, where an "accountability gap" also exists.(Contractors were killed in Fallujah because the insurgents thought they were CIA.) As some contractors testify, cowboy tactics are frowned upon, as training in the rules of engagement are provided, especially when dealing with the military. And mercenaries overthrowing third world governments is total fantasy, as the situation in Equatorial Guinea proved once and for all.

  • Nov 14, 2010

    An interesting and seemingly honest look at mercenaries. It goes a bit over board with the personal stories over information, but still a decent watch.

    An interesting and seemingly honest look at mercenaries. It goes a bit over board with the personal stories over information, but still a decent watch.

  • May 16, 2010

    a look at private military companies operating in iraq and the purpose they serve. it's surprising to see how many pmc's are operating in the war and are key aspects in conflicts abroad. ethics, laws, and regulations should be in place. very interesting

    a look at private military companies operating in iraq and the purpose they serve. it's surprising to see how many pmc's are operating in the war and are key aspects in conflicts abroad. ethics, laws, and regulations should be in place. very interesting