Sometimes you forget it's a documentary and expect twists and turns like in a feature film and then you remember and are glad that the twists and turns did not happen, because these are real people who don't get to go home after being blown to pieces, like actors would do thanks to the FX department. And it makes you think how useless and trying war is, especially for the everyday people living in war zones.
It is incredible how the embedded crew made this movie. Editing is fantastic. I consider it an anti war movie showing the whole macho ideal of being with the boys and having some excitement. I don't think they cared who they were fighting as long as they got some action in. Life at home was so boring and war so heady that a number of them wanted to go back.
Intimate, nerve-wracking, and visually stunning. Armadillo is composed of beautiful cinematic moments, which can feel disconcerting in light of the chaotic situation at hand. The sense of pointlessness is palpable. There were a number of memorable scenes, such as the hazy raids illuminated by flashlights, and the soliders' motorcycle pirouettes. This is an important doc, and an angle of the war rarely seen in the US.
It’s a disturbing and honest movie, well photographed, showing the whole madness of the war as well as the absurdity and hopelessness of the situation: Young men - simple minds - looking for action and feeling bored. Or soldiers paying peasants money for their loss of cattle and relatives. Well worth watching.
Just incredible. A documentary shot like a film and at some points I forgot I was watching a documentary which is quite disconcerting considering this is really happening. Seeing the transformation of a soldier in war over the course of 6 months, from being uneasy of taking a life to seeing no other option, but to give them hell. I would say the crew did a rather good job of not being biased as well. Watch this film.
A perfect documentary on so many levels. Incredibly well directed and edited, not biased or coloured in any way. And a director well placed in a position as an observer only, even though the drama goes sky high when the troops suddenly are beeing under attack. This is the real story of a group of young, danish men, their dreams, their illusions, and how these experiences mark them and their loved ones as they endure.
Ein Film ohne jegliche Antwort doch mit unzähligen brennenden Fragen nach dem medialen, ethischen und philosophischen Verhältnis zwischen der filmisch vermittelten Realität und deren ästhetischen Genuss . Dieser Film fordert einen völlig neuen Umgang damit auf. Und zwar auf eine aufdringlichste Weise. Er ist ein kopernikanisches Kunstwerk im Zeitalter seiner simulierbaren Wirklichkeit.
Strong documented backstage moments with the ISAF troops tour, scenes extremely well edited for drama concept and without the exceeded war pride. Once and for all the reality and spirit of war in modern times are captured in this documentary. The Grand Prix Cannes prize was delivered with justice.
As far as combat documentaries go, it would be hard to make one better than this. At times I really couldn't believe what I was watching, the crew really put themselves on the line here. Loved that it was not overtly political, but instead places one within the atmosphere of war, allowing a more direct access to the psychological states of the soldiers, and the effects that violence has on them. Beautifully shot.
Searing doc puts viewers on the front lines of Afghanistan, following 1 Danish platoon's harrowing 6 month tour of duty. A frightening and clear eyed portrait of modern warfare, closely examining the psychological drive of the soldier. This is staggering, visceral filmmaking, an act of heroism in itself, and perhaps the greatest combat doc of all time.