I think this is a film at war with itself; it's more of a long-read magazine article than a movie and the visual style, with the sharp color contrasts, are supposed to give that war torn impression but only makes it seem mildly immature. And the strings, oh god! The strings. But I think the story is clearly told and with a good pace. I found it had the feel of a kind of Oliver Stone film, only a documentary.
sobering content, but not especially revelatory, and between the preening closeups of the narrator and the ostentatious post-rock soundtrack the picture comes across as overproduced. the sad truth may just be that there's far less to be shocked about in 2017 than 2013
Any reveal of your govt's shadow wars will be somewhat unsettling, but it's chilling to hear a Somalian warlord say, "America knows war. They are war masters. They know better than me... They are [great] teachers." I applaud Scahill's work but would have appreciated less of his presence and more of the things that made me sad, ashamed, embarrassed and appalled.
7/10. Important docu on worldwide, covert killings by JSOC, the only military unit that reports directly to the US President. Scahill samples cases of murdered innocents. Probs: The docu is weak on backgrounds, and rather too author-centered. However, valuable education. As one interviewee says, a big hammer was created, and it will keep looking for a nail. // Original string music, played by Kronos Quartet!
Focuses too much on pretty pictures and the narrator/director annoyingly puts himself into the focus all the time. Because of all this the wrong questions are asked and the right questions never get answered because they are not investigated further. Despite the delicate subject a documentary gone wrong. I did not learn anything new in this one.
Very well directed doc that moves along at a brisk pace, without a lot of people sitting around in chairs talking. But Scahill draws no conclusions! As an investigative journalist, he dredges up horrendous activities by JSOC, and the drone bombing program, but offers no rationale for why USA is attacking innocent people. We have to guess. OK, here's my best guess: it's profitable for military contractors.
Fascinating insight into behind the scenes wars and assassinations going on around the globe that resulted from post-911 law re-writes and fear-mongering. Rowley is a brave man and his effort here is truly commendable. As JCS said below here, it would have been nice to tie it all together with the WHY'S? and shine a light on the global financial interests behind them and perhaps reach a wider audience. 4 stars