Armadillo

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Released 2007

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2007
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Armadillo is an active military base, used to support tactical operations in Helmand, Afghanistan. Ithouses a mixture of 170 Danish and British soldiers in the ISAF (International Security AssistanceForce), who are responsible for providing security to the surrounding area and eliminating anyTaliban insurgency. Following a group of Danish soldiers stationed at Armadillo through an entire tour of duty, filmmaker Janus Metz creates an unforgettable portrait of the reality of military life on the frontlines -- with unprecedented access to the soldiers both in the camp and in the field. Documentingboth the boredom and horror of warfare, Metz shows us the soldiers playing video games andlaughing at pornography, struggling to communicate with unhappy civilians, and brutally killing agroup of Taliban soldiers who are found hiding in a trench. The film avoids judgments for oragainst the war, and instead shows the soldiers struggling to maintain their humanity in a world filled with violence.

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  • 80

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    The achievement of this film is to forestall and complicate easy judgment. You emerge shaken and bothered, which may sound like a reason not to see the movie. It is actually the op...

  • 80

    Variety Leslie Felperin

    If nothing else, Armadillo proves just how well "The Hurt Locker" captured the mixture of boredom, fear, brutality and locker-room machismo that makes up the day-to-day routine of ...

  • 63

    Boston Globe Wesley Morris

    Metz is another artist more interested in war's side effects than combat itself, although he and his crew are embedded for battle.

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