Insightful and honest... I had heard of this film when it came out but I wasn't sure if i would find it to be interesting. Well, I love documentaries now more than ever and I'm borderline obsessive about politics lately. In the wake of the recent election and Rumsfeld's resignation, this movie seems even more relevant that when it was released. For anyone who is already aware of the hypocrisy and cooruption of government and especially for those who know little to nothing , are indifferent or are completely in denial, this is a must see! It is movies like this, Why We Fight, The Corporation and Who Killed the Electric Car that keep me beleiving in the positive power of the media.
haunting film - i refer to this film a lot in discussion What I was most intrigued about in this film is the psyche of a person tormented by their past life decisions, still actively seeking to find ways to justify those actions despite obvious deep regret and pain around them. McNamara, a brilliant man (as the film takes pains to point out in its beginning exposition of his life), has been ruined by war, by his involvement with it - war's monsterous logic and brutalities live inside him. McNamara is, or has become, keenly introspectative. Almost as a rite of redemption, he endeavors to reveal how the war mindset works, how one sees out from the armor and helmet that once donned cannot not removed. And at the same time, McNamara is unwilling to surrender to any conclusion suggesting that the most prominent and forceful roles of his life were bankrupt societally. He goes back and forth, illustrating in almost pedagogic style various lessons of and about war, particularly drawing on the Pacific theater of WWII and Vietnam, but then detouring his commentary to inject reasons, excuses, contingencies in an attempt to explain the choices he personally made in prosecuting the war against Vietnam.
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One of the best movies of the last year This movie offers a unique insight into the mind of Bob McNamara, a man often villanized as the mastermind of the Vietnam war. Seeing the humanity and the reality of war through his eyes was a sobering experience.
Excellent Biography-11 lessons of War This is a great documentary style film about the life of past secretary of defense Robert MacNamara. He served under Kennedy and then Lyndon B. Johnson during the cuban missle crises and vietnam conflicts. This is Bob's elderly effort to share the 11 lessons he learned about War. He presents this info honestly and unabashedly. Its truth cuts to the core and is a 'must see' for anyone who enjoys films like "farenheit 9/11". If we do not remember the past, we are condemned to repeat it.