Wednesday, November 14, 2007
QUICK COMMENTS ON REDACTED
I just finished watching REDACTED, Brian De Palma's angry, unique, and slightly awkward new Iraq war film. My full review will be posted soon, but I will say that De Palma has made a formally challenging and bold anti-war film that while flawed, delivers a certain type of gut-punch in its chilling depiction of the day-to-day lives of American soldiers currently fighting overseas. REDACTED has the qualities (both positive and negative) of a broadway play, and De Palma is on new filmmaking turf. Taking a cue from filmmaker Mike Figgis (TIMECODE, LEAVING LAS VEGAS), De Palma has crafted a multi-layered visual scenario that is as startling as it is slightly offputting. REDACTED isn't one of the best movies of the year, but it is, in its own way, one of the most important.