Standard Operating Procedure


Standard Operating Procedure

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Well researched and finely crafted, Standard Operating Procedure is another gem from master documentarian Errol Morris.



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"Standard Operating Procedure" provides an examination of the unintended consequences of the Iraqi war with a focus on events at Abu Ghraib prison which began to appear in global media in 2004. The prison quickly became notorious for the shocking photos of the abuse and torture of terror suspects by military men and women. Ultimately, it is the story of soldiers who believed they were defending democracy but found themselves plunged into an unimagined nightmare.

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  • For American military personnel to descend to Saddam's level was one of the worst moments in US history, and Morris's film reveals the truth: the poisonous Abu Ghraib pictures were not merely an American scandal but a human catastrophe.

    Oct 18, 2008 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • In taking us beyond the edges of those infamous photographs, he shows us a system that did more than produce a few bad apples; it was rotten to the core.

    Jul 4, 2008 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Morris offers valuable new perspectives on Abu Ghraib, but the paying customers may not care to go there again.

    Jun 23, 2008 | Full Review…
  • Standard Operating Procedure feels like a historical work in progress, brilliant, thought-provoking but incomplete.

    Jun 6, 2008 | Rating: 4/5
  • As unappetizing as the subject may seem, Errol Morris' Standard Operating Procedure exerts a hypnotic pull anyway.

    Jun 6, 2008 | Rating: 3/4
  • Truth is a matter of perspective in director Errol Morris' Standard Operating Procedure, a piercing look at the abuses at Abu Ghraib prison and the aftermath of their discovery.

    Jun 6, 2008 | Rating: B | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
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