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TNR and Implausible War Stories

By on 11.17.07 | 5:58PM

Over at The New Republic, Christopher Orr is on a roll with two highly entertaining takedowns of terrible-sounding anti-war movies within a week -- Lions for Lambs last Saturday, Redacted yesterday. Both reviews make great reading, but I can't resist noting this line, from the latter review:

Thanks to Redacted's clumsy, transparent politicking, the crime it portrays never feels remotely real, despite being closely based on an actual atrocity committed by American troops in Mahmudiyah in 2006.
Hmm, so even though misconduct by American troops does happen, this portrayal of misconduct doesn't ring true. Sound familiar?
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