Drama | History | War
Battle for Haditha
There are many ways to tell the same story.
I love war movies and war documentaries. Ever since I was a little kid, war and the military has been my attraction. G.I. Joes were the only toys I had, or even wanted, while growing up. The local movie theater call the cops on my friends and I because we were playing war and were taking a break in a dark alley across from them. They though they were about to get raided. I guess they figured a band of armed little people had picked this small town of 3000, which is out in the middle of friggin’ nowhere, and decided to rob the local two-screen movie theater when there was a bank right next door. Literally, right next door. Anyway, I digress.
I almost didn’t want to review this one, for a few reasons:
- It’s based upon the true events of the Haditha killings. I was not familiar with this.
- War films based upon negative events such as this bring out all the political nutjobs when reviews are written about them.
- I’m a political idiot, so I have no defense.
However, I decided to review it anyway because it was pretty damn good and I don’t give a shit what political nutjobs think about it. The movie explains the story from three perspectives:
- From the terrorist’s (the ones planting the IED) point of view.
- The families living in the homes outside where it all takes place (specifically one young couple’s family).
- The Marines that were involved.
When you get past some of the theatrical mistakes and inaccuracies, I felt the movie was extremely heavy-hitting in its message. What took place was a brutal tragedy, but at the same time, the movie provides uneasy justification from the terrorist and Marine point-of-view, while showing how helpless the local families truly were. I would dare say that all three groups were presented as victims, in their own right.
The acting was very good, although I can’t say I recognized a single face in the entire movie. Emotions ran high and, if you want to turn off them off, it’s just a damn good war movie that I can’t believe has been out for 5 years. I only came across it because I was browsing Netflix on my new 10.1″ Acer tablet while the kids were at Bounc-A-Rama and decided to watch it.
Queue it up or stream it. It’s worth watching, for sure.