The Hornet's Nest (2014)
Armed only with their cameras, Peabody and Emmy Award-winning conflict Journalist Mike Boettcher, and his son, Carlos, provide unprecedented access into the longest war in U.S. history.
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I have the utmost respect for the women and men sacrificing themselves for us in this war that the documentary was made from. I have no respect for the maker of this fluff piece. These soldiers deserve better than fake danger footage he claimed to be in. It's ridiculous that this actually glorifies their plight, with the utmost grievance. David and Christian, don't make any more documentaries that glorify our brothers deaths
I would have to wholeheartedly agree with the most popular reviews here such as "tmiller163" and "jmcfrancis." The entire story feels very contrived and almost like I am watching those ubiquitous reality TV shows most Americans can't get enough of. Being an avid combat-footage junkie, I would say I have a pretty good idea of what to expect when it comes to watching an authentic firefight. I know what a whizzing bullet would sound like, and ESPECIALLY what one wouldn't sound like. In this film, I was completely disconnected from any verisimilitude by the use of cheap bullet sound effects. The whole thing seemed forcefully done for the purpose of sensationalism. It even felt as if Mike was in on the hype by using cheap editing tricks to make certain shots seem WAY more dramatic than they actually were. Again, I felt like I was watching "World's Wildest Firefights Caught on Camera" instead of genuine raw combat footage. Which is a shame because the real story here should've focused on the soldiers and the high price they pay fighting America's wars.I didn't dislike the film entirely, the last 20 minutes made up for what the film was lacking in. But if you guys really want to see what The War in Afghanistan looks like, I would stick to films such as "Restrepo" or "Armadillo." No cheap sound-effects used there, just pure-unadulterated storytelling.
If you have ever wanted to know what it's like to hike through Afghanistan with our brave troops, here's your chance. The Hornet's Nest takes you on several dangerous missions deep in Taliban territory.Unlike other typical war documentaries, what makes this adventure such a memorable experience is that it's a father and son journalist that are leading the way. Their cameras take you right shoulder to shoulder with the soldiers as bullets whiz over their heads. You hear the lead smack into brick walls, rocks and body armor. There are even glimpses of captured Taliban video that show you the face of the enemy. To provide respect for the families that lose loved ones in the service that appear in this movie, the directors withhold showing the blood of our soldiers. However, the movie has a very emotional ending that must not be missed! If you like Military Channel and war footage you will LOVE this movie. You will see amazing American fire power and technology. It's a movie about heroes, a father and son and how America's bravest sacrifice all for those that can not defend themselves!
Both are excellent, seat of your pants, documentaries. All men and women under 30 should see this movie and then go complain about how bad they have it. These are real men and women, America's best, and they are over there kicking butts and taking names. They don't fight for some "pie-in-the-sky" idea of America but they fight for each other. They are in a bad situation and trying to make it out all in one piece. So sad that our political leaders never learn from past mistakes and tie our military's hands behinds its back. I'm not real keen on Hollywood and what comes out of it. This is not part of that pathetic industry -- great movie, worth your time AND your money.