It is the story of America as seen through the eyes of the former Secretary of Defense, Robert S. McNamara. One of the most controversial and influential figures in world politics, he takes us on an insider’s view, from the bombing of Japan to the rise of American industry to the war in Vietnam.
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Morris can be forgiven for adhering to his documentary interview based formula. Why? He gave us 'The Thin Blue Line', proving that future efforts are an example of substance over style. His interviewing technique brings McNamara out of his prepared rhetoric into this startling pro-pacifist investigation of a controversial Secretary of Defense alumni. Fascinating and provocative - the best kind of propaganda.
With the use of his interrotron and the stripping down to only ONE interviewee, Errol Morris creates a film that feels intimate like no other. Morris is a master and could just be the greatest documentarian to ever live.
While on the one hand it's fascinating to see an arrogant war criminal admit his failures it would have been better if there had been some doubt in his mind during his fiascoes. Morris is not the right person for the job of interviewing since he's not really going to be doing any fact checking or get answers to hard questions. Mea Culpa my ass.
The interview of what sounds like a war criminal giving an insight on his responsibility in state sponsored terrorist and conflict management. The film starts by McNamara setting up rules for peace and 'reasonable war; and then intelligently proceeds to show him failing by his own standards and failing to take any responsibility for any of the things he did.
Excellent documentary, an interview with McNamara, an insightful study of complexity of war as well as our human nature. The document revolves mainly around McNamara's life, WW2, the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Vietnam conflict.
While it is undoubtedly an interesting subject and an incredible catch (to talk to McNamara face to face), the Fog of War suffers from dull film making. It should be either shorter, where McNamara speaks more, or it needs an Adam Curtis touch where the visual collage of archive footage is more engaging and intuitive.
Great interview, maybe lacks the depth that some would like, and he is reticent of his accountability, but the sheer effect of having a major American political figure of the 20th century open up like that is powerful, if not perfect