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Redacted (2007)



Critic Consensus: Despite DePalma's obvious commitment to the material and passion for the issues at hand, Redacted suffers from stereotypical characters and a forced faux-doc style.

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A fictional story inspired by true events, "Redacted" will force viewers to reconsider the filters through which we see and accept events in our world, the power of the mediated image and how presentation and composition influence our ideas and beliefs. A profound meditation on the way information is packaged, distributed and received in an era with infinite channels of communication, "Redacted" utilizes a variety of created source material--video diaries, produced documentary, surveillance footage, online testimonials, news pieces--to comment on the extreme disconnect between the surface of an image and the reality of ideas and the truth, especially in times of strife. Centered around a small group of American soldiers stationed at a checkpoint in Iraq, "Redacted" alternates points of view, balancing the experiences of these young men under duress and members of the media with those of the local Iraqi people, illuminating how each have been deeply affected by the current conflict and their encounters with each other.

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Izzy Diaz
as Angel Salazar
Daniel Stewart Sherman
as Specialist B.B. Rush
Patrick Carroll
as Reno Flake
Rob Devaney
as Lawyer McCoy
Francois Caillaud
as McCoy's buddy in bar
Mike Figueroa
as Sgt. Vazques
Ty Jones
as Msgt. Jim Sweet
Ohad Knoller
as Army psychiatrist
Bridget Barkan
as Judy McCoy
Paul O'Brien
as Barton's Father
Kel O'Neill
as Gabe Blix
Abigail Savage
as Tattooed Kid
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Critic Reviews for Redacted

All Critics (109) | Top Critics (40)

Grant De Palma this much: At least he did not wait until 14 years after hostilities concluded to pull his catch-all war metaphor from the dark cupboard of his psyche.

September 22, 2008 | Full Review…

Though the events are gruelingly (and graphically) recreated there's a typical lack of emotional connection which might be forgivable in a thriller but utterly hobbles this supposed cri de coeur. An almost total failure then, but a noble one.

March 14, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
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War was ever a Kubrick-ian hell-ride, futile, fundamentally unheroic and de-humanising, but now it's mocked by a mad multimedia accompaniment innocent of all real ethical, moral and humanitarian value.

March 14, 2008 | Rating: 3/6 | Full Review…

A very easy film to dismiss but there is more to it than meets the eye.

March 12, 2008 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

De Palma's made a shattering true crime feel phony

January 29, 2008 | Rating: C | Full Review…

It's condescending to the audience.

December 3, 2007

Audience Reviews for Redacted

Not much to say about this one, pretty burtal. 2 stars

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

"Redacted" is a terrible piece of filmmaking, with an atrocious script, direction so flat-footed that it's laughable, and acting so bad you wince almost non-stop. What's more, the film is despicable, exploiting the nightmare of the Iraq War in an almost pornographic way. I'm not sure I'll ever be able to watch another Brian De Palma film or shake the stench of "Redacted" from my imagination. The film is loosely based on an alleged rape and murder that was committed by U.S. soldiers in Iraq. I certainly think this subject matter warrants exploration by artists, but not by schlockmeisters seeking to cash in on it. "Redacted" operates at the level of ghoulish videographers who get excited when tragedy strikes because they can get great footage. Yet here there isn't even great footage. Every shot seems fake. I think this is the worst film I've ever seen.

William Dunmyer
William Dunmyer

Super Reviewer

Flashy production and faux multiple media sources don't make this feel authentic and the points about Iraq have been better made elsewhere (Battle for Haditha).

Gordon Anderson
Gordon Anderson

Super Reviewer

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