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An unflinchingly candid portrait of a squad of american soldiers deployed in the doomed iraqi city of falluja during the winter of 2004. Filmmakers garrett scott and ian olds were given full access to all operations of the army's famed 82nd airborne, and lived with the unit 24/7.


Studio Koch International
SKU 202142143
UPC 094922550958
UPC 14 00094922550958
Format DVD
Release Date 3/7/2006
Rating NR
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
Name Scott,Garrett
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Cast & Crew
Chris Corcione - Featuring
Eric Forbes - Featuring
Garrett Scott - Director
Garrett Scott - Producer
Garrett Scott - Editor
Ian Olds - Cinematographer
Ian Olds - Editor
Ian Olds - Director
Matthew Bacik - Featuring
Patrick Napoli - Featuring
ReviewSource The Village Voice
Review Given the avowed anti-war sympathies of both directors, administration apologists may wish to write off Dreamland as a cynical attempt to outflank the support-the-troops crowd, but Scott and Olds make no attempt to pass off the soldiers' doubts as a political argument (and indeed, others speak in favor of the invasion). The movie gains anti-war traction by keeping its focus on the ground, avoiding a conscious agenda even as it undercuts a key assumption behind the administration's "stay the course" argument: that the situation in Iraq is improving. We hear a litany of complaints from locals about basics like water, gas, electricity, and security and come to understand how the lack of concrete results in these areas has damaged Iraqis' perception of their alleged benefactors. As one soldier says, "They don't give a shit about us." The Dreamland of the title refers to the unit's nickname for the former Baathist resort that serves as its barracks and to Bush's delusional view of Iraq that, among other things, forecast that the American invaders would be greeted as liberators. What they have become, of course, is occupiers, forced to humiliate their hosts just to guarantee their own security. We watch the soldiers raiding houses, taking women prisoner over the strenuous objections of the local men, and in retrospectively chilling imagery, placing hoods over the faces of captives. One doesn't need foreknowledge of Falluja's bloody fate to sense a storm coming.
Reviewer Joshua Land
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Widescreen, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Scott,Garrett
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Adam Sternbergh, New York Magazine Recalls Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket, except with real kids.
Dennis Lim, Village Voice ...unnervingly intimate...
Ty Burr, Boston Globe A grunt's eye view of the current situation that needs to be seen, regardless of a viewer's political persuasion.
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