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Carlos M (br) wrote: Diaz uses mostly long shots to make a clinical study of guilt and the nature of evil, but after a solid build-up in the first hour the film is slowed down by long passages where nothing much happens and its poetic attempt at an end is frustrating in its refusal to bring the story to an actual conclusion.
Remote G (es) wrote: by Oliver Downes for remotegoat on 01/07/08 When the photographs depicting sexual degradation and abuse of prisoners at Abu Ghraib surfaced in 2004, they shocked practically everyone who saw them, the casual brutality depicted completely undercutting the moral justifications used by the Bush administration in 'selling' the Iraq war. At the same time, the photographs proved inadvertently useful for the administration, the amateurish thuggery of the soldiers at the centre of the furore deflecting attention away from the myriad broader problems with the invasion. With 'Standard Operating Procedure', veteran documentarian Errol Morris ('Fog of War') has attempted to tell the story behind the photographs by focusing almost entirely on the low-level grunts who directly participated in prisoner abuse, while also providing these soldiers with the opportunity to tell their side of the story. These interviews are by far the most difficult part of the film to watch, those involved displaying varying mixtures of unapologetic self-righteousness, bitterness at their treatment at the hands of the media as well as shame at their complicity. Morris has said that these are "people who rightly or wrongly believe they were scapegoats", any remorse being mitigated by fury at being used. In this context his project is seemingly to furnish them with the opportunity to reclaim their humanity as much as anything else. It's hard going though. Lynddie England for example comes across as almost completely desensitised, her personality irrevocably blunted. On the other hand, Sabrina Harman who infamously posed smiling and giving a thumbs up next to the corpse of a man who had just died during CIA 'interrogation' seems deeply disturbed by what she's witnessed and taken part in - and yet asserts that she wouldn't alter her actions at all if given the opportunity to relive the experience. One gets a very clear sense of the pack mentality fostered in the military. None of the soldiers interviewed are completely uncompromised but none are entirely to blame either, acting as pawns within a broader unofficial policy. As is typical of Morris' style, 'Standard Operating Procedure' is an incredibly cinematic film, with animations, re-enactments and other illustrative material used to highlight various details from the soldiers' testimonies. However, his single-minded focus on the photographs and the people who took them becomes frustrating rather quickly, broader insight being hampered by the project's limited scope. After all, these are people who have committed sex crimes. As Naomi Wolf wrote recently "looking at the classic sadism-and-masochism nature of some of this torture, it is hard not to speculate that someone setting policy was aroused by all of this". One can't help but question Morris' reasoning for not pursuing those further up the chain of command. Perhaps most troubling however is the implication that the public has become so numbed by the barrage of news flowing out of Iraq that the photographs no longer provoke a reaction the way they did five years ago. Indeed, part of the reason why the film is at times so difficult to watch is that it forces the viewer to confront the swirling horror of Iraq with a response more sophisticated than tired indifference or unthinking condemnation. For this, and in spite of its various flaws, 'Standard Operating Procedure' demands to be viewed.
Ryan C (fr) wrote: A decent thriller about an evil man holding a business man and his family hostage while he tries to hack into an online bank service. Nothing sets this movie apart from any other hostage thriller, but is entertaining enough.
Christopher B (kr) wrote: I enjoyed this one. Great acting by Mr. Gere as usual and bonus for being a little creepy too.