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A vivid up-close view of the travails of U.S. troops in Afghanistan.
Mr. Boettcher knew those men, puts faces to their names. As he says, every soldier's story is different, and they all bear telling.
"The Hornet's Nest" is a kinetic, immersive experience, particularly in its deeply felt human moments.
It's a thrilling you-are-there war movie, with incredible images from the middle of firefights, mixed with the story of a father and son trying to reconnect.
The moving documentary The Hornet's Nest is a boots-on-the-ground look at America's war in Afghanistan.
We're not suggesting that this film is going to drive A-list actors and directors out of the war-movie business. But The Hornet's Nest might push them to change what they do in the name of realism.
"...little more than lip service to the horrors, and ethical challenges, of modern war."
Great live action footage fails to make up for poor narration and organization.
The result isn't as cumulatively powerful as intended, but it remains politically even-handed and offers some immersive insight along the front lines.
Something quite powerful and emotional.
The Hornet's Nest is exactly the version of the military that the military wants people to see, which means all its earnestness can't help but feel calculated.
As clear-eyed a portrait of modern warfare as you're likely to see.
An intriguing documentary on the ongoing struggle in Afghanistan and the day to day operations our troops go through, captured through the lenses of a father and son who are both journalists. While there is not as much back story on the soldiers as there should be, this is still a riveting documentary that shows the hardship our military goes through ever y day fighting a war that will seemingly never end. The ending will tear your heart out, with an emotional final scene that should stick in your mind for a long time.
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