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Royal Marines: Mission Afghanistan (DVD)

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Genre: Documentary / Exempt / Director: Chris Terrill / DVD released 2012-03-19 at Brightspark / Features of the DVD: PAL

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      17.08.2012 12:03
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      A truly harrowing and eye opening documentary, I award 5 stars.

      I have always taken an interest in war films, any afghan or middle eastern war films to be precise. I have seen documentaries, fiction & non fiction movies, blockbuster films, real life raw footage from helmet cams, pretty much any way you can get footage from the afghan war. In this documentary, there is a mixture of raw footage from the soldiers and a lot of interviews and opinions from the soldiers. This isn't non stop shooting and IED explosions, although some of it is very graphic.

      The series tells the story of the lives of soldiers situated at checkpoint Toki in afghanistan. A large group of soldiers who have basically set up a fortified camp in a field. The locals are always suspected terrorists as far as they are concerned and they use ICOMM's (Interceptive communications) to tap mobile phones and listen to Taliban chatter. They cannot shoot unless they have this information. Since there are no special effects or acting in this, its all raw, i cant really comment on anything like that.

      There are some eye opener things that really shock you. The Taliban have a complete disregard for life and don't care. It doesn't matter if its their life or others. The british army have the same feeling towards them they couldn't care less if they shoot those scumbags, and rightly so. I feel that their opinions and anger towards the Taliban is captured well in this documentary with the constant swearing, hatred, and non stop shooting and attacking of Taliban insurgents.

      There are scenes of booby trapping a dead Taliban body to ensure the soldiers cant get DNA samples, thus crating a body bomb. This is not shown graphically on camera but they simply (Not for the squeamish>>>) remove end trails and fill the body with explosives. (<<<) They are also cowards and send children out into the war zone before they go out to see if they get shot. How sick is that?! This documentary captured the risks the soldiers take, and the disgusting and horrible things the Taliban do on a daily basis while getting the soldiers opinions and anger in interviews as well. A perfect balance.

      This is an eye opening documentary that isn't just interviews or reconstructed footage. It's a few interviews in the middle of a firefight, whilst capturing raw footage of the soldiers in action. A truly emotional documentary and therefore, one which i will award 5 stars.

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