Recent developments in technology and communication mean that the critiques of any event hit the news faster than ever before. This allows artists to react while events are still happening. Redacted is one brilliant example. The film industry is producing a raft of films around the ongoing ‘War on Terror’, but none reproduces the reality of the Iraq conflict with more honesty. Inspired by actual events it follows a unit of American troops that have become disillusioned and restless, the product of an army forced to scrape the bottom of the barrel of society for recruits. It shows the consequences of sending poorly educated and quickly trained troops into a confusing situation with high-powered weapons and little consideration of consequences. This film provides a gripping, accurate and balanced portrait of this confusing conflict and should be viewed by anyone interested in the reality behind the media reports.

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