Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Battle for Haditha (2007) NR - 3½ Stars

Based on the true story from Haditha, Iraq, and the bombing of a U.S. Convoy of Marines on November 19th, 2005. The people of Haditha are in their own battle as if they tell the Marines of any threats, terrorist will kill them and if they don't say anything they could be killed by the Americans for hiding terrorists. The movie shows a much truer side to war then we usually get broadcast by American media. The massacre that took place that day, killed American soldiers as well as Iraqi men and innocent women and children. It's one thing to fight a war when you know who your enemy is and quite another when you don't. You don't know who the enemy is making it harder to fight when then talk with you one moment and attempt to take your life the next.

As a military convoy of American soldiers in Humvees are making their war across the Iraqi desert in a convoy of armored Humvees, a group of Iraqi men are planning their attack. The soldiers stop at a store where the clerk offers conversation and offers DVD's on an adult nature to them. At the same time there are Iraqi men leaving to join others learning how to operate detonators to use the bombs they plan on harming Americans with. As the bomb is completed, the Iraqi men bury it along the roadside. And Iraqi couple see the men covering up the bomb but are unable to say anything to anyone as the men hide in their building to set it off. While the soldiers drive by, the bomb is detonated killing and injuring many of the Americans who take violently justified revenge on anything that moves.

Hanway Films
Director: Nick Broomfield
Writers: Marc Hoeferlin, Anna Telford, Nick Broomfield
Producer: Nick Broomfield
I viewed 2/09

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