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[影片快递] 【整理】影评快递 2008-01-27, Redacted 节选修订

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Redacted is a new film written and directed by Brian De Palma. It has some similarities to an earlier film of his Casualties of War in that both of these movies deal with an atrocity committed by American military personnel overseas. Casualties of War was about Vietnam. This movie is about the war in Iraq. It tracks fairly closely the details of a real event of crime committed by American servicemen in the town of Mahmudiya.
But redacted doesn't just dramatize the story in a straightforward narrative way. It uses the techniques by which we’ve become familiar with what’s going on in Iraq so that every piece of footage, everything we see in this movie is as if it has been filtered through another camera so you see the video diary of one of the soldiers, you see security camera footage, you see website video clips, you also see a very clever parity of a French documentary about American soldiers guarding at checkpoint.
And the point seems to be that, the truth, which is what Mr. De Palma is trying to show us, is always filtered always mediated always coming from a certain point of view. It’s an interesting idea and it's an interestingly made film. I wish it was of more forceful and persuasive. One of the big problems is that the acting style doesn't really gibe with the motive visual presentation. Visually it's supposed to be very raw and immediate and unfiltered as if you could be little hand of cameras right there in the action. But the dialogue, and especially the acting feels very mannered and very stagy.
And the arguments that they have about the larger mission in Iraq and also about the particular things that they are doing while they are there or which are truly horrific seem very canned and potted and not really worked out and embedded in the dramatic reality. There are a lot of ideas in this movie about war and what soldiers do in war and about the truth and how it gets out and about the moral responsibility of people to tell the truth and seek the truth. But these ideas kind of float on the surface and get stuffed into the characters' mouths so that you don't really feel the impact that I think De Palma wants you to feel. You don't feel as angry, as outraged, as confused as bewildered as furious as he clearly does in making this movie.
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