September 11, 2007, - 1:48 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
If you’re mad about the idea of Brian DePalma and Marc Cuban’s new “Redacted” movie (which portrays American soldiers who allegedly raped an Iraqi girl and killed her family), then you should be even more angry about “In the Valley of Elah,” in theaters Friday in parts of the country (nationwide, the following week).
Unlike “Redacted,” it’s not really based on the true story that it highly exaggerates (yes, a career military father tries to determine who killed his son, an Iraq war vet murdered by a suicidal fellow soldier, but the bad behavior is baloney). Pure fiction. Although I can’t post my full review about “Elah” (which I’ve already written) until Friday, I can tell you about the outrageous and highly objectionable portrayal of our troops. Here’s what happens in the movie:
* American soldiers–in this film, they’re in the Army–who serve in Iraq are portrayed as drug-crazed prostitute patrons.
* American soldiers who serve in Iraq are portrayed as murderers, not just of Iraqis, but of each other. Yes, they betray their fellow troops in the worst way imaginable. (But, in real life, the killer was mentally ill, not portrayed that way in this movie.)
* American soldiers who serve in Iraq are portrayed as vicious torturers of Iraqis for sport and fun, videotaping it all the while. We’re not talking about naked, hooded pyramids here. No, this stuff is worse. We see American soldiers’ videotapes of themselves pretending to play doctor with wounded, helpless Iraqi civilians. They ask them “where it hurts.” Then, they stick their fingers into the wounds to make the Iraqis writhe and scream in agony.
* American soldiers who serve in Iraq are portrayed as having zero respect for Iraqi civilians’ lives. We see footage they shot of themselves sticking silly or funny-faced stickers on dead Iraqis mangled bodies.
Been there, seen that. It’s called “Spitoon,” er . . . “Platoon.” But this one is arguably far worse.
Yep, that’s the latest Tommy Lee Jones/Susan Sarandon/Charlize Theron flick written and directed by “Crash”/”Million Dollar Baby‘s” Paul Haggis. I guess with these uber-leftist, hate-America-above-all celebs, we shouldn’t be surprised in the least.
Oh, and by the way, Tommy Lee Jones putting the flag permanently upside down in a distress signal isn’t exactly pro-American either.
If I were an American soldier–and I am the daughter of a retired U.S. Army Captain who served during Vietnam–I would boycott films made by these individuals. They clearly have no respect for our soldiers, living or dead.
It adds insult to injury that this movie comes out just after the sixth anniversary of 9/11. It’s high quality Bin Laden cinema.
Maybe he can add it to his list of fave authors and flicks, along with Noam Chomsky, Michael Scheuer, and “Fahrenheit 9/11.”
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