Full Battle Rattle

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Released 2008

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Director:
Jesse Moss
Released:
2008
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Full Battle Rattle is an insightful and eye-opening documentary that goes inside the world of soldiers preparing for service in Iraq. In California's Mojave Desert, the U.S. Army has built an Iraq Simulator complete with Arab actors playing townspeople, insurgents played by U.S. soldiers, American actors playing reporters and 13 mock villages, including Medina Wasl with a mixed Sunni-Shiite population. Full Battle Rattle follows one battalion as they arrive in the small village. The commanding officer, acutely respectful of the culture, anticipates a peaceful relationship with the villagers. Despite his best outreach efforts, things become explosive and the deadly challenges of the war become clear. The simulation brings to the surface the life-and-death choices facing American soldiers. Even the role of insurgent teaches U.S. soldiers the tactics of those they will face in battle. At the end of the exercise, simulation becomes reality as the soldiers board a plane to Iraq.

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  • 80

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    Gives a remarkably thorough and detailed account of the difficult conditions facing American soldiers in Iraq.

  • 50

    Variety Eddie Cockrell

    A so-so pic on an incendiary subject, Full Battle Rattle follows the training regimen of one battalion during engagement and occupation in one of 13 fake "villages" comprising a ma...

  • 50

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    It's all a bit bizarre. One soldier tellingly calls it "one big reality TV show," and the movie never makes clear whether such training does any good.

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