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Regizat de Janus Metz Pedersen
Danemarca, 2010


În 2009, un detașament danez însoțit de regizorul Janus Metz ajunge în Armadillo, o bază militară din sudul Afganitanului. Filmat pe parcursul a șase luni, documentarul ne arată viața de zi cu zi a unui grup de soldați, dezvăluind complexitatea acestui “război” straniu și a intervenției externe.

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Armadillo Regizat de Janus Metz Pedersen

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Mr. Metz’s cameras somehow capture… an intense firefight and its bloody aftermath, an event that turns “Armadillo” into a queasy ethical puzzle. What happens is shocking, and yet it also seems, especially to the soldiers, completely logical and acceptable. It is certainly possible to believe otherwise, but the achievement of this film is to forestall and complicate easy judgment. You emerge shaken and bothered, which may sound like a reason not to see the movie. It is actually the opposite.
April 14, 2011
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…Janus Metz’s riveting Armadillo was about as experiential as modern documentaries get… Armadillo is, essentially, another war documentary, but the small ways in which it is different from Restrepo and its ilk are just as important as its attempts to give the audience an idea of the psychological bombardment inherent in warfare.
November 03, 2010
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  • laurax's rating of the film Armadillo

    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.

  • Zac Weber's rating of the film Armadillo

    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.

  • Stefan Drees's rating of the film Armadillo

    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.

  • Kyle O'Boyle's rating of the film Armadillo

    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.

  • Omnimog's rating of the film Armadillo

    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.

  • Andrew James's rating of the film Armadillo

    A game-changer - and one of the best war films ever made. One of the greats.

  • Max von Thun's rating of the film Armadillo

    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.

  • Matthew_Lucas's rating of the film Armadillo

    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.

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