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Hollywood and the War

There’s a wave of movies coming in the months ahead that deal with the war and the troops from various angles, but with a consistent anti-war theme. I’ve read a couple of good articles dealing with the issues raised in some of these movies and I wanted to post links to them.
War Heroes in Hollywood on NRO

Hollywood Hates the Troops on the daily Standard

And lest you think that criticism of these movies is confied to the conservative media, EW.com talks about one of the movies, Redacted, directed by Brian DePalma, which depicts a true event where American Marines raped an Iraqi girl and kill her family. Entertainment Weekly didn’t think too much of it.

“If Arabs upset at the American presence in Iraq kidnapped some American actors and forced them to make a propaganda film, they’d be hard-pressed to make one much more simple-minded than Redacted — though at least theirs probably wouldn’t resemble a stagy, overacted, off-off-Broadway play quite as much as this one does.”

In the same vein, there’s been some commentary about whether the Bourne Ultimatum is an anti-war or anti-American movie. Bill O’Reilly had a column about it, as well as Mickey Kaus at the Kausfiles and a post on the Corner. When I saw the movie, I confess those elements didn’t stand out and they definitely didn’t detract from my enjoyment of the movie. I think because I really like the franchise and I thought that it was a good ending to the story arc, I didn’t pay too much attention to what statement the director or producers may have been trying to convey. On reflection, I can see the elements there, in the portrayal of the CIA and America as basically the villain and very un-subtle references to waterboarding and torture. To me, it was a very well done and interesting spy movie.


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