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Redacted (2007) – Movie Review

Redacted (2007) – Movie Review

Watched this movie for the second time last weekend, about eight years after I originally sat through it, and I was still on the fence about including it on this site or not.

Why?

Well, I’m not 100% sure all of the scenes in this movie could be labelled as Found Footage or POV…and I’ve had shit off disgruntled visitors before when I’ve included hybrids on the website (not that it’s any of their fucking business…but hey!!!).

Anyway, I don’t have that much of a problem with most Found Footage movies – if I get confused by the cinematography angle of the shot, I just rewind and eventually figure out where the scene is ‘supposed’ to be filmed from.

Unfortunately, there were a handful of scenes in Redacted where I was left scratching my head (on both viewing occasions!).

But, I’ve come across numerous reviews that pigeon hole this movie as Found Footage, so I’m taking it on (at last!).

The Plot

This film is about the real-life rape and killing of a 14-year-old Iraqi girl by U.S. soldiers with shocking images that will leave some viewers in tears. Inspired by one of the most serious crimes committed by American soldiers in Iraq since the 2003 invasion, it spares the audience no brutality to get its message across.

Missing Something?

Sounds pretty good doesn’t it?

I mean, from the point of view of the plot synopsis you just read above?

Well, it sounded pretty good to me anyway…

But for some reason, Redacted is one of those movies that just missed the mark…and I have no real idea why?

It’s missing something.

Even though it’s extremely well made, with very high class Found Footage cinematography…it’s still missing something.

Don’t ask me what it is, as I’ve spent the last three days trying to put my finger on it, but this film is definitely missing something…

Conclusion

Okay, this is a Brian De Palma film, and I’m pretty sure that those of you over the age of 18 will have heard his name on many occasions before – he’s a bit ‘Hollywood’.

Anyway, for those of you that aren’t familiar with him, here’s what Wikipedia has to say…

“Brian Russell De Palma (born September 11, 1940) is an American film director and screenwriter. In a career spanning over 50 years, he is best known for his work in genres such as suspense, psychological thriller, and crime drama. His prominent films include mainstream box office hits such as Carrie (1976), Dressed to Kill (1980), Scarface (1983), The Untouchables (1987), and Mission: Impossible (1996), as well as cult favorites such as Sisters (1973), Blow Out (1981), Body Double (1984), Carlito’s Way (1993), and Femme Fatale (2002)”

Pretty impressive eh?

But, the main problem I think we have here is a obviously talented filmmaker, taking on a genre he never has before…with slightly misplaced confidence.

Don’t get me wrong – about 70% of this film is good stuff, and I mean REAL good stuff…but the missing 30% really stands out to me for some reason?

I was also really surprised by some of the acting in specific scenes, that seemed to get through to the final cut. I know Found Footage works best with unknown actors…but there are a lot of unknown actors out there that are REALLY talented…

Enough said on that subject – you can figure out the rest by yourself!

The plot/story/whatever, is excellent, and actually really important because it is based on a shocking war event that actually happened. But still, for some unknown reason…

The movie is missing something.

I’m actually a fan of De Palma, so that may be colouring my judgement – maybe I expected a lot more from the movie?

Anyway – it’s certainly NOT a bad film, and I have no doubt that a large percentage of you reading this WILL enjoy it…

But it’s still fucking missing something…and I don’t know what?

See if you can figure it out…

Chris

2 Comments

  1. I know it’s been forever since last made something but got an idea over the weekend that I can actually afford to produce. Want to make a found footage trailer for short film that is not made yet. Hopefully would be able to get some funding for the full project if can throw a decent amount of money and time into it. Think that’s a good idea? Want to do the black eyed friend short I wrote as the template and just film the exciting parts. Since it will be under 3 min I think it would gain more viewings and attention.

    • Hey Brandon!

      Good to hear from you! 🙂

      What do you mean by three minutes? Do you mean the length of the trailer there or the length of the short film?
      You’re looking to release the trailer to drum up fundage for the film right?

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