2007, Movies

Body of War (2007, Phil Donahue, Ellen Spiro)

This is a clunky, made-for-TV quality “documentary” (more of an advocate film for reform of the Veterans Affairs administration, among other things) with some good ideas and powerful moments, but which doesn’t work super well as a feature film.

The best moments of the film are the early ones which contrast the votes for the authorization for Bush to use force against Iraq with the struggles of Tomas Young, who is now paraplegic as a result of those actions.

But this technique governs the film and it wears thin after a while. And the experiences of Young appear to be assembled haphazardly, and he just sort of becomes an activist and we don’t really see that development.

This is a film with powerful moments, but there are far better made films about the terrible decision to invade Iraq.


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