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-- -- That was a scene from -- Hurt Locker it's been nominated for the best picture and best director but the movie.
Has caused quite a stir in the military appraised -- for its realism by -- -- criticized by others.
For what are seen as glaring inaccuracies with what's really going on over in Iraq bringing us both sides -- -- -- Jim -- Executive director of the EOD memorial foundation.
And Brian seekers who served in Iraq is part of a mobile exploitation team that which is the basis for the upcoming movie.
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My family's an example of one of the -- here because I love the film but my son who's a marine who served in Iraq.
Didn't like it because he said there were inaccuracies where do you come out.
Right well you know it's it's tough because of the inaccuracies and being a veteran I mean it's hard to take yourself back a moment just kind of look at the movie after movie.
But to tell you the truth this one in particular the inaccuracies in the actions of the hero we're just.
So far out there that it was hard to follow you won't -- him what he was gone and invaded what may be his actions -- out there.
Well you've got you've got any -- unit essentially got these three guys throughout the entire film they don't appear to be attached to any other unit.
And they're driving around the desert by themselves that's never -- to be never -- have guys out in the middle of Iraq run around by themselves.
They're running into a group of incompetent.
Then there's a scene where there's a bomb in the Green Zone and they're running out after a suppose that remote detonator.
Running around the Green -- and they split up and -- go through these alleys and -- just got a tough to slow him despite the and that.
Hershey's I'm sure he wouldn't disagree with a lot of those observations.
Why did you like that but why were you willing to forgive those inaccuracies for the sake of and appreciating the movie.
I just enjoyed the movie.
And I also one of -- things about the movie that I really enjoy it was exposure brought to the unity community.
I don't think the directors are the writers had any intention to degrade.
What the -- the work that the people are doing over there in Iraq and Afghanistan.
I just enjoyed it for.
Being -- movie you know like I said the same really -- I saw the movie with my wife before I talk to my son about it Jim.
And what I -- what he said to me is look the problem is it makes us look like weren't confident it makes us look.
Like were bunch of renegades when in fact we are always looking out for the back of our partner we would never do -- thing.
That would put our partner our brother marine her brother unit.
Person in jeopardy -- that's that's the the inaccuracy the bothered my son the most.
Well I and I and I can understand that very much millimeters not every -- -- that movie is not appealing to me on you know the the drunken fight.
-- -- you're not drinking that's that my son said if I could get a drink in Iraq I would have gotten one but you can't.
And so to shoulder drinking all the time was another inaccuracy go ahead Jim my -- this.
None none of -- -- Carter right now and and and and the punch that beyond that the that James took.
Those are not scenes that I would come prefer to -- but again.
-- the overall picture I think is very entertaining.
As an exciting picture I don't think it -- we'll take any shot at that.
Just a you know look at it for what it is and believe me I know quite a few guys that are over there now Afghanistan right now doing -- you do you work.
And I've talked to do a lot of your.
We're there some inaccuracies artistic license is taken.
Of course but and I don't think there's a movie made that where there isn't artistic license take or the truth be a stretch well -- I think answered honestly -- his jacket and and I can't think of a single military film.
That didn't didn't have some type of bad character that we wish wouldn't be well.
I can tell you -- I can tell you -- I just saw that HBO produced about a year ago called taking chance which was a beautiful.
I don't know if you guys have seen it but about -- -- A marine -- was killed in in the line of fire in Iraq.
And talks about how good the care with which his body was taken home -- brought to burial but Brian what about the overall message that it's certainly if it didn't strike me is as kind of a political film and anyway -- wasn't trying to make.
A political point and I would I would forgive it for that I mean it's it's hard not to make a political point in this environment right.
Oh -- Def player with that any movie about Iraq everybody's going to be looking for those little political points that are in there that might do something to -- Undermine the war effort as a whole -- you definitely don't see that in this film.
I you know there were there were a -- there was positive that I saw especially at the end when the the main character kind of goes home.
And he feels a little bit lost he's no longer than hero he's no longer tell us exactly how much and we don't want -- that -- -- to divulge.
They ended for people who haven't seen it but -- -- -- feel like they have they -- giving anything away via the guy you know and it just got a bit -- -- for soldiers I would think that it really -- that that feel of authenticity to to the emotion that a soldier might have in those situations but.
But the actual film itself when it's going through some things it's really kind of tough to -- even.
Even my girlfriend -- say a medical student she saw she was questioning you know the actions -- some of the lead character there and I have no explanation for what he was feeling.
You know Jim of the problem I think you've you pointed out to there's no film it can be made I I think there're couple exception may be like taking chance came pretty close but.
I saw a movie called the your living dangerously about Indonesia during the by the long knives in the in the early sixties I loved it but a friend who was actually -- error.
Hated it because a couple of things were wrong it doesn't take much.
To get wrong if you've been there -- to hate hate to fail because you say you know the whole thing is an accurate.
They got agreed in and again except for entertainment value cannot remember top gun and those to a jets flying can be we can't be right.
I bet I bet there's a lot of pilots who were laughing about that.
You what what what do you think it Brian about the need the Academy Awards or -- these inaccuracies glaring enough.
So they should be considered on the part of the academy or is it is it's just artistic license.
I I think artistic license is a good argument to have -- up there for the academy's.
Having some inaccuracies as something to take with a grain of salt especially that's gonna hit harder for veterans.
I know a lot of them are pretty upset mostly because of the cowboy aspect and it really kind of depicted soldiers and more of a negative -- there but as far as the academy's -- I think.
It's a good film you know you just got to sort of take those inaccuracies were what her work they have -- -- an error has sold.
Is that Marines you know who's seen it who -- -- where they bothered by the fact that it it gave a little too cavalier an atmosphere of what's going on there and soldiers and Marines not watching their back in there and more importantly there of their Brothers back.
Yeah I think if you're picked start -- India scenes or -- the attitudes that are expressed in the movie that would probably be the one that came up the most because I've got to tell you.
Being a -- -- -- in dealing with you detect every day industries and over Afghanistan watching these guys to work.
There's not a more professional group of people out there on the ground and that was one of the issues they had -- that not enough to -- You know make -- throw the DD DDB through TV but it was something that they wish would have been expressed a little less I would well let's let's leave on that no because again -- would say it's certainly had me on my head the edge of my seat for the full two -- -- was.
One of the most suspense full movies I think I've ever seen it was well done certainly well directed but again these guys who do this work are just.
Beyond extraordinary I mean it is it is an incredible.
Task to be that artistic while your life.
Is literally hanging in the balance Jim O'Neill DOD memorial foundation Jim thank you very much for your work.
And Brian Steve gets thank you for your service to the country good to have you both -- gentlemen.
Brian thanks for your service rather --
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