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November 21, 2007

Redacted

Redacted As part of the 2007 New York Film Festival's selections "Redacted" finds Brian De Palma ("The Black Dahlia") trying too hard yet not hard enough with a didactic antiwar polemic loosely based on a March 2006 incident when U.S. troops raped and killed a teenage girl south of Baghdad. The story is presented as a faux docudrama culled from a video diary by hopeful filmmaker and U.S. soldier Angel Salazar (Izzy Diaz). With a cast that looks like they were rescued from an off-off-off Broadway production of a Sam Shepherd play, De Palma's cinema verite approach-complete with voice-over narration-reeks of an unskilled flavor that belies the director's impressive resume. Stereotypical characters, lame attempts at shock, and amateur actors doom "Redacted" to throwaway status-- a sadly unpolished movie about an important subject.
Rated R, 91 mins. (C) (Two Stars)

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