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Documentarian Janus Metz Pedersen hunkers down with a platoon of Danish soldiers on a six-month Afghan tour of duty, and his exceptional access yields a field-level view of the boredom, adrenaline and confusion that comprise their daily routine. Shot in assorted digital formats on cameras at times fixed to soldiers' helmets, the film records the recruits on patrol and at rest and witnesses their transformation when finally called to combat.
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Lets the soldiers tell their stories by the way they live day-to-day during their tour of duty.
Linda Barnard, Toronto Star  full review
When the bombs go off and the bullets start flying, Metz and his cameraman provide a real-life vision of what a hurt locker is really all about.
Ray Bennett, Hollywood Reporter  full review
It's alluring to watch.
Wesley Morris, Boston Globe  full review
The movie's strength and audacity comes from the Danish soldiers, who confront civilians with wariness or bluntness, exalt in their victories and hesitantly exhibit fear in each others' company.
Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News  full review
There's little new in "Armadillo."
V.A. Musetto, New York Post  full review
A mesmerizing, beautiful and terrifying documentary that can stand among the greatest war movies ever made.
Andrew O'Hehir,  full review
You emerge shaken and bothered, which may sound like a reason not to see the movie. It is actually the opposite.
A.O. Scott, New York Times  full review
It's a sickening but stunning portrait of combat that looks past notions of bravery or brutality, guilt or innocence, to bear witness to a thoroughly besieged humanity.
Eric Hynes, Time Out New York  full review
While much of Armadillo echoes last year's Restrepo, the unprecedented access of director Janus Metz and cameraman Lars Skree reveals the alternating waves of frontline tedium and terror with fresh immediacy.
Mark Holcomb, Village Voice  full review
What Metz gives us is an unusually intimate portrait of the cycle of arrival, survival and departure experienced by soldiers on a six-month tour of duty.
Dave Calhoun, Time Out  full review
This is filmmaking of great skill, in documenting what soldiers themselves say are conditions that no one on the outside can really understand.
Guy Dixon, Globe and Mail  full review
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  • Release Year: 2010
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Runtime: 105 min
  • Available From: Sep 16, 2013
  • Queued by: 162 people
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