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.
As you can expect from Morris, this is an excellent documentary film. Mcnamara's testimony was very interesting as he tried to defend some of the decisions that were made while he was in office. He came across very open yet Morris wasn't afraid to intervene and ask the hard questions.
Robert Macnamara alongside Jack Kennedy saved the world from nuclear war during the Cuban missile crisis while the generals were clamouring to nuke Castro. The American extreme fear of communism was carried forward again into Vietnam where Mac the Knife as he was known, wanted a complete withdrawal of troops from this costly war. He's a real legend as we see from his conversation to camera who then ran the World Bank
Lesson from Achewood: "Become the ruling body'" because if you can make the rules so that you're not a criminal then you're still Good you're still Good you're still Good. A sterling documentary with such inventive use of archival footage but so exhausting and so sad. Oh America, go home.
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.
Mubi is a mine of indepedant cinema and this is one enlighting piece. R McNamara gives some insights of war politics he took part of while he was US secretary of Defense during cold war period. Can history help us deal with the present issues and scatter the fog of war?...
So crazy that the world we live in has a structure that allows a lifetime like McNamara's to happen. Anybody could have been him, which proves that anybody in any given context could let the evil inside dictate their life decisions, as impactful as they can be.
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.