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Body of War

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Body of War

Body of War

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
Unrated
runtime:
87 minutes
Limited Release Date:
04/09/08
director:
Phil Donahue, Ellen Spiro
distributor:
Film Sales Company
genre:
Documentary

We gave it a B-

Body of War is the most agonizing, if not necessarily the most artful, of Iraq-war documentaries. Tomas Young, a 25-year-old paralyzed veteran, had been in Iraq just one week when a bullet shattered his spine. The movie, codirected by Ellen Spiro and Phil Donahue (yes, that Phil Donahue), shows us Young’s life — his physical ordeal, his moral rage — between snippets of congressional debate speeches, many bursting with Saddam-is-the-devil hyperbole. The contrast between hollow manipulated ”truth” and tragic consequences makes its point, yet it’s a touch disquieting to see a movie use its sensitivity to one soldier’s trauma this didactically. B-