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The Good Soldier (2009/NeoFlix DVD)


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: D     Documentary: B



After an impressive debut documentary with Riding The Rails (1997), Lexy Lovell and Michael Uys return a decade later with the equally impressive The Good Solider, an impressive work that is as Pro-U.S.A. and patriotic as any you’ll see, yet questions if the U.S. military is being compromised and weakened by a lack of inner discipline that goes too far.  On one level, it questions war as war should always be questioned, something that nothing like try to “erase” Vietnam Syndrome can do.


In interviews with many soldiers over many wars, conflicts and generations, this is the 79-minutes-long full-length version deeply examining in brutally honest terms what is good and bad about how we handle our military and what can be done in the future to make it stronger, keep the soldiers out of the least amount of danger, not waste their lives and give whose who serve the respect they deserve for being prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice.


Yes, it also questions whether we should go to war at all, but military conflict can be a necessary evil and no defense at all only invites attack.  It would be great if there was another way, but outside of diplomacy, this is the way the world is.  This is very honest about the fact that soldiers are trained to kill, but asks how nonchalant should we be about that.  The result is a standout work among so many about how the second Bush Administration did permanent damage to our world standing and botched any opportunity to solve any “terrorism” problem ASAP.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image is soft and shot on what looks like a mix of low-def and high-definition video sources.  Add stock footage and you get what one would expect from a documentary like this.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo is not bad and interviews are well-recorded.  There are no extras.


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