New Redacted trailer
I have to admit that I'm desperate to see Redacted, not only is it Brian De Palma but it's also supposed to be a very powerful film about Iraq that's not led by releases of politicians, it's a very real and harrowing story.
So the first trailer was a little disappointing to me, featuring nothing but text and a final shot of someone looking rather upset. It certainly heightened anticipation, but I wanted a little more. Now I have it with this new trailer.
That said, it's still not great, and in fact I think a little worse than the previous one. It sees to be a series of randomly connected shots with moments such as “let's show a scorpion, that looks like the desert and makes it seem dangerous”.
You can see this new trailer exclusively over at MoviesOnline [Flash], where they also carry a rather interesting write up of what the film will be about. Let me quote Scott there:
“Redacted is a a fictional story inspired by true events that the filmmakers say will force viewers to radically reconsider the filters through which we see and accept events in our world, the power of the mediated image and how presentation and composition influence our ideas and beliefs.
Centered around a small group of American soldiers stationed at a checkpoint in Iraq, REDACTED alternates points of view, balancing the experiences of these young men under duress and members of the media with those of the local Iraqi people, illuminating how each have been deeply affected by the current conflict and their encounters with each other.”
Now that sounds a lot more powerful and insightful than the blurbs I've read to date which concentrate on the rape and murder events, something that I don't think should be forgotten, I just think that there's a rather biased view of the film being portrayed at the moment.
As I say I'm really keen to see this film, I love Brian De Palma's work anyway, ever since I saw Body Double and then Blow Out, and I've never been disappointed since...well, maybe a little with Raising Cain, Snake Eyes, Mission to Mars, but there are still great moments in them. So seeing him return to war films and tackle something that is so relevant today with Redacted is an exciting moment in cinema, let's hope he lives up to it.