UPDATE: Great work De Palma, you’ve achieved your goal: Arid Uka shoots and kills two American servicemen at Frankfurt Airport after mistaking the film’s rape scene for reality.
Brian De Palma’s Redacted is touted as the ‘true face of the US armed forces in Iraq’, and focuses on the horrific Mahmudiyah killings where five US soldiers raped a 14-year old Iraqi girl and killed her and her family.
Director De Palma makes no secret about the reason he made such a movie: “The movie is an attempt to bring the reality of what is happening in Iraq to the American people. The pictures are what will stop the war. One only hopes that these images will get the public incensed enough to motivate their Congressmen to vote against this war.”
Unfortunately for him and producer Mark Cuban, hardly anyone went to see the smearfest that passes for a Hollywood documentary drama – let alone any members of Congress.
The New York Post reports that the vomit-inducing snuff porn film took in a pathetic USD 25,628 in its opening weekend in the only 15 theaters insane enough to carry it.
That’s an average of USD 1708 per theatre. That also means that roughly only 3,000 people were tricked into seeing it in the entire country.
Or to put it another way, it earned 1,000 times less than Beowulf did. De Palma chickened out of buying the rights to the film back from Mark Cuban.
The proof to me that De Palma made the film solely as an anti-military piece, and NOT an accurate docu-drama, is that he didn’t even include the usual ‘epilogue text’ that tells what happened to the characters after the film plot finishes.
By the time De Palma made Redacted, all five of the soldiers involved in the case had already been arrested and charged.
Three have been tried and sentenced to 90, 100 and 110 years in prison. The alleged ringleader, is being tried in a federal court and is reportedly facing the death penalty.
But instead of portraying the American military’s zero tolerance policy and harsh punishment of war crimes, the director intentionally leaves the plot unresolved.
He chooses instead to show photos of Iraqis who died – likely due to terrorist attacks – to further stir up terrorist sentiment.
Mark Cuban and Brian De Palma choose to focus on one ugly incident out of the four years of exemplary peacebringing efforts.
On five depraved beasts-in-men’s-guises out of the more than 400,000 troops who have protected Iraqi civilians from Al-Qaeda thugs.
And they call it a ‘realistic portrayal of U.S. troops’. Utter bullcrap. It is not even a complete account of five petty rapists and murderers, let alone the overwhelmingly positive presence of the U.S. troops in now-stabilized Iraq.
As Bill O’Reilly says, Cuban and De Palma don’t give a damn whether such a biased and narrow-viewed portrayal of the situation in Iraq will be used to rile up more terrorist sentiment against the West.
As Debbie Schlussel says, there ain’t no stretch of the truth that can makes Redacted a ‘patriotic’ movie the way Mark Cuban LSD-trips it is.
As Michael Fumento says, Hollywood routinely replaces reality with politically-skewed hallucinations which serve to dull audiences to the truth of who the real villians and evil men are.
As JD Johannes says, anti-warm films are a pathetic attempt by cowardly men to convince the rest of the populace to be just as cowardly – assuaging the fragile self-worth of the Hollywood invertebrates.
But terrorist-sympathetic directors and producers like them will be forced to give a damn sooner or later, because anti-war, anti-American films produced by Americans are being rejected wholesale by American audiences.
And of course… Redacted???
After all, do anti-war directors really expect American audiences to throw hard-earned money into some rich hypocrite’s pocket so they can be told how evil and horrible Americans are for two hours?
Update 6 May 2008: Compare with Iron Man, a superhero film about Americans killing terrorists, takes in 100 million in one weekend.
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