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Armadillo
Reviewed by
Simon Black
on
Armadillo Review. Armadillo is perhaps the most filmic documentary of recent memory; itís hard to believe these young men and their families arenít being portrayed by actors, and you occasionally need to remind yourself that unlike a movie the bullets fired herein can actually kill.†
Rating:
4.5

Feature 9.0
Video 9.0
Audio 9.0
Special Features 7.0
Total 9.0

Distributor: Madman
Running Time: 101 Minutes
Reviewer: Simon Black
Classification
: M15+

9.0


Armadillo

Forward Operating Base ĎArmadilloí, located in the Helmand province of Afghanistan, is home to 170 Danish and British soldiers.  Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary and winner of the International Criticís Week Award at Cannes, Armadillo tells of a handful of Danish soldiers serving a six month tour of duty at the facility.  Itís an unflinching look at the realities of modern warfare, set on a stage whereby moments of startling brutality comingle with acts of unexpected humanity, where a regiment serves as a surrogate family and where, in a very real sense, death lurks around every corner.  

Armadillo is perhaps the most filmic documentary of recent memory; itís hard to believe these young men and their families arenít being portrayed by actors, and you occasionally need to remind yourself that unlike a movie the bullets fired herein can actually kill.  The end result of the various techniques employed by director Janus Metz Ė filtered lenses, multiple camera angles, snappy editing, jump cuts, a pulsating metal soundtrack interspersed with moments of telling silence or sombre orchestral interludesĖ is a mind-numbingly potent exploration of the mythology and psychology of warfare, its economic and political subtexts and, most of all, an homage to the courageous young soldiers putting their lives on the line in the most unforgiving of conditions.  

Special Features

Six Deleted Scenes, several trailers and a six-minute interview with Director Janus Metz.






 
 



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