No End in Sight

Theatrical Release: September 28, 2007
No End in Sight
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Synopsis

The first film of its kind to chronicle the reasons behind Iraq’s descent into guerrilla war, warlord rule, criminality and anarchy, NO END IN SIGHT is a jaw-dropping, insider’s tale of wholesale incompetence, recklessness and venality. Based on over 200 hours of footage, the film provides a candid retelling of the events following the fall of Baghdad in 2003 by high ranking officials such as former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage, Ambassador Barbara Bodine (in charge of Baghdad during the Spring of 2003), Lawrence Wilkerson, former Chief of Staff to Colin Powell, and General Jay Garner (in charge of the occupation of Iraq through May 2003) as well as Iraqi civilians, American soldiers, and prominent analysts. NO END IN SIGHT examines the manner in which the principal errors of U.S. policy – the use of insufficient troop levels, allowing the looting of Baghdad, the purging of professionals from the Iraqi government, and the disbanding of the Iraqi military – largely created the insurgency and chaos that engulf Iraq today. How did a group of men with little or no military experience, knowledge of the Arab world or personal experience in Iraq come to make such flagrantly debilitating decisions? NO END IN SIGHT dissects the people, issues and facts behind the Bush Administration’s decisions and their consequences on the ground to provide a powerful look into how arrogance and ignorance turned a military victory into a seemingly endless and deepening nightmare of a war.  

Dove Review

Featuring interviews with many who were involved with the early stages of the Iraq War, this is a frank and enlightening history of what led to and has occurred during the duration of the Iraq War. There are a few instances of the producers putting the war into a negative light but for the most part, this is simply many people integrally involved in the rebuilding of Iraq and the telling of their stories.

This documentary is not awarded our Dove Seal due to language and violence. The majority of language occurred during two home video shots of improvised explosive devices (IEDs). The violence consisted of rioting images, and injured or dead people with little blood shown and these images were consistent with many films detailing the travesties of the Holocaust. Too bad the language and consistent violence prevent us from awarding our seal to the film.

Content Description

Sex: None
Language: F-5; S-3; GD-1; H-2; D-1
Violence: Repeated images of rioting, injured people, dead people (few slightly bloody); two instances of a burned body being dragged behind truck.
Drugs: None
Nudity: None
Other: None

Info

Company: Magnolia Pictures
Producer: Jennie Amias
Genre: Documentary
Runtime: 102 min.
Industry Rating: Not Rated
Reviewer: Carrie Clark