Friday, June 25, 2004

The Salt Lake Tribune -- Soldiers' stories set 'Fahrenheit 9/11' apart

The Salt Lake Tribune -- Soldiers' stories set 'Fahrenheit 9/11' apart: "When 'Fahrenheit 9/11' plays things straight, the effects are shattering. Consider the interviews with U.S. soldiers in Iraq -- some gung ho, others disillusioned. Consider the Marine recruiters working the poor section of Flint, Mich., with the zeal of the salesmen in 'Glengarry Glen Ross.' Consider the soldiers raiding an Iraqi's house on Christmas Eve, a moment that encapsulates the frightening confusion of occupation.
And, before you dismiss 'Fahrenheit 9/11' as Moore's liberal rant, consider Lila Lipscomb. She lost her son, Michael Pedersen, when his Black Hawk helicopter went down in Iraq. She cries for her son, and does what politicians and reporters failed to do earlier -- she asks someone to tell the truth, behind the star-spangled rhetoric, about why young American men and women were sent away to die. "

By Sean P. Means
The Salt Lake Tribune

3 1/2 Stars
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