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No End in Sight (Unrated)





Release Date: July 27th, 2007 (Film Forum) by Magnolia Pictures.
Directed by Charles Ferguson.

BASIC PREMISE: A documentary about the Bush Administrationís mistakes that led them to declare war on Iraq in 2003.

ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: No End in Sight, narrated by Campbell Scott, opens with intense footage of the horrible consequences of the war. U.S. soldiers in Iraq feel confused and dissatisfied with the war and the fact that they kill innocent Iraqi civilians each day. Obviously, that also causes Iraqis to become more enraged at the U.S., especially given that the soldiers arenít really helping them. Director Charles Ferguson does a decent job of examining who to blame in the Bush Administration for creating such a mess in Iraq. Basically, it seems that U.S. officials such as Donald Rumsfeld and Paul Bremer, head of the CPA, were incompetent in their decision-making and planning of the war, which causes the inexcusable loss of many lives in Iraq. None of them, except for CPA advisor Walter Slocombe and Richard Armitage, who once served as the Deputy Security of State, admitted to their mistakes like real grown-ups would do. It would have been interesting, though, to dig deeper into the reasons of why Rumsfeld, especially, made so many mistakes, even if he and others refused to be interviewed. Also, what about including some constructive criticism which might offer solutions/remedies for the damage that has already been done? Ultimately, No End in Sight charts the same territory as Uncovered: The War on Iraq and, although it has no real surprises, itís still provocative and fascinating.

SPIRITUAL VALUE: Itís quite unnerving that the U.S. government that we pay so much tax to can be so incompetent and unreliable regarding important decisions such as war. It makes you wonder what else theyíre incompetent at (besides the issue of healthcare that Michael Moore tackled in Sicko) and why they donít listen to what the majority of Americans think. This doesnít sound like the behavior of a country with real democracy.

INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: None.

NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: 1

IN A NUTSHELL: Unsurprising, yet fascinating, provocative and unsettling.

RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: Movie Theater


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