A hard hitting look into the Battle of Haditha and battle weary soldiers.
Aug 8, 2010
The Battle for Haditha is a very underrated film about US Marines stationed in Iraq during 2005. The film follows several storylines. The main one is about Cpl. Ramirez (Elliot Ruiz, a former Iraq War veteran) who's a battle weary and fatigued soldier who's unit in fighting near the city of Haditha. The two other stories are about a family who struggles to survive during the US occupation and several insurgents who are planting bombs and waging a guerrilla style warfare against the occupying soldiers. The stories come together when the insurgents detonate a bomb and attack a military armored column and the family sadly gets caught in between.
The film is the first drama for documentary filmmaker Nick Broomfield. He directs the film in a documentary style using quick cuts and handheld cameras. The realism of the pictures comes from the actors involved (former Iraqi refugees and military veterans). The star of the film Elliot Ruiz adds some of his own personal experiences of serving in Iraq for his part of the conflicted and PTD suffering Cpl. Ramirez who was initially hailed as a hero but is later made into a scapegoat in his role during the fight between his unit, the insurgents and the unfortunate family that was caught in the crossfire and the subsequent revenge that the soldiers inflicted upon them. I've finally got a chance to catch this film on DVD and I was impressed.
Highly recommended but not for those who are closed minded about the US involvement in the Middle East.